Jeff Colella

Adjunct Professor

EDUCATION
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, Los Angeles, California
Master of Music with Honors, Jazz Studies, 2005
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO COLLEGE OF MUSIC, Boulder, Colorado
Candidate for Master of Music, Piano Performance, Literature
and Pedagogy, Process of Group Environments, 1980
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO COLLEGE OF MUSIC, Boulder, Colorado
Bachelor of Music with Honors, Piano Performance and Pedagogy, 1978
BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC, Boston, Massachusetts
Composition Major/Advanced Standing, 1972
Special Studies/ Associations
ARTE LANDE – Improvisation Workshop
CHARLIE SHOEMAKE – Jazz Transcriptions
MIKE HUGHES – Trio Class
PAUL SMITH – Jazz Piano
RICHIE BEIRACH – Jazz Piano/Harmony
ALAN BROADBENT – Jazz Piano
JIMMY ROWLES – Jazz Piano
TOM GARVIN – Jazz Piano
LOU LEVY – Jazz Piano
CLARK SPANGLER (UCLA) – Digital Synthesizer Programming
AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE – Film Scoring

Special Projects
“Performance Instruction In Group Environments” – Instructional film by Dr. Guy Duckworth,
produced by the Colorado Council For The Arts, University of Colorado College of Music,
Boulder – 1975
“The Person First and Together” – Multimedia presentation (slides, audio tape and article)
by Dr. Guy Duckworth for the International Society of Music Educators, London, Ontario,
Canada – 1978
Jeff Colella Curriculum Vitae
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS/SOCIETIES
Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI)
American Federation of Musicians (A.F.M.) Local 47
Pi Kappa Lambda (National Honor Society of Musicians)
The College Music Society

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Pianist/Conductor/Musical Director
Lou Rawls February 1990 – January 2006 Tours: United States, Europe, Indonesia and Japan
Foreign highlights include three London appearances (Royal Albert and Festival Halls) , The
North Sea Jazz Festival – the Hague, Holland, The Berne Jazz Festival – Berne, Switzerland, Blue
Note Jazz Clubs – Osaka and Tokyo Japan. U.S. highlights include appearances at the Blue Note
in N.Y.C., Blues Alley in Washington D.C., Jazz Alley in Seattle,WA, Kimball’s East in Oakland,
California, and the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island. Conducting highlights
include engagements with the Colorado Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Dallas
Symphony, the Ft. Worth Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, the
Rochester Philharmonic, the Toledo Symphony, the Oregon Symphony, and the Alabama
Symphony among numerous others. Jeff has also appeared as pianist /conductor – musical
director for Jack Jones, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Peter Gallagher and John Pagano.
Pianist/Composer
The Jazz Tap Ensemble – 1984 to August 1991 Tours: United States, Canada, Europe, Asia
Performances included original music, jazz standards, piano works of Samuel Barber,
Maurice Gottschalk, and J.S. Bach.

Recording

Pianist/Composer/Producer – Lotus Blossom, Jeff Colella & Putter Smith AJI/Capri Recs.
Arranger/Pianist – Lost In The Stars, Deborah Shulman & Larry Zalkind – Summit Recs.
Composer – Close Your Eyes, Bob Sheppard – BFM Jazz
Piano/Synthesizer – Thoughts, David T. Walker – Nayutawave Recs., Universal Music K.K.
Pianist/Arranger – Dreams and Shadows, Judy Wexler – Jazzed Media Recs.
Jeff Colella Curriculum Vitae
Pianist/Arranger – What I See, Judy Wexler – Jazzed Media Recs.
Piano – Welcome To Earth, Jerry Kalaf – Palm Mountain Records
Composer/Arranger – Everything I Love, Julie Kelly – CMG Recs.
Producer/Piano/Arranger – Alone Together, The Jeff Colella Trio – Sea Breeze Recs.
Producer/Piano/Composer – Letting Go, The Jeff Colella Trio – Sea Breeze Recs.
Producer/Piano/Arr./Comp. – It’s All Right With Me & Dreamsville,,John Vance – Erawan Recs.
Piano – The Music of Eric Von Essen Volume III – Cryptogramaphone Recs.

Piano/Strings – Beloved, David T. Walker – Eddie Records
Piano – Miki Sings Billie, A Tribute To Billie Holiday , Miki Howard – Giant Records
Piano/Synthesizers – From My Heart, David T. Walker – Edoya Records
Piano/Co-Writer/Arranger – Christmas Is The Time, Lou Rawls – Manhattan Record Label
Keyboards – Love, John Lennon Forever – Nippon Columbia Records
Sequencing/Keyboards/Arranger – Manatsuno Kajitsu/L.A. Workshop – NC Records
Keyboards/Stgs-Hns – Soft and Warm, Frank Potenza – TBA Records
Synthesizers – The Great Pretender, Dolly Parton – RCA Records

Piano/Composition – Night Waltz, The Jeff Colella Trio – Blue Moon Records
Piano/Composition/Arranger – Jazz Volume One, Jeff Colella and Friends – Brick Records

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