Today we feature the multi-talented bassist Jeff Campbell! Originally from Salt Lake City, Jeff’s winding musical journey started with the guitar 🎸 followed by cello, trombone, tuba, and finally the bass when he was a senior in high school. After moving to Rochester 30 years ago with his wife to attend the Eastman School of Music, Jeff joined the RPO family in 1994 and eventually became the Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at his alma-mater 🎓 Join him this Saturday at 6pm for a very fun Living Room Series!
𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐫: I can’t claim a favorite composer or piece because that would exclude so much great music. BUT – I do have an affinity for the music of Prokoviev, Elgar, and Beethoven. I’m also drawn to the music of Duke Ellington Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Tower of Power, and Steely Dan.
𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐑𝐨𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐭: Hmmm, I love Mexican food so am always looking my new favorite Mexican restuarant. These days it’s El Agave! 🌮
𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐚𝐭-𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬: Spending time with my six children: Nelsen, Weston, Louisa, Gibson, Jackson, and Lydia – and of course, my wife Sharleen. Beginning in the fall, we will officially be empty nesters and will look forward to visits from our kids (and by August, our grandkids!) I’m also enjoying restoring my 1973 Volkswagen bus and am glad to report that it is running very well!
𝟑 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐜𝐚𝐧’𝐭 𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐭: My family, my faith, and my musical community 🎶
Thanks for talking with us this week, Jeff! And don’t forget to tune in to his livestream this weekend – see you there! Click here for a reminder and to view previous episodes.