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Boudreaux, Jeff (Jeffrey Lynn)

Boudreaux, Jeff (Jeffrey Lynn), jazz drummer; b. Baton Rouge, LA, 26 January 1959. His parents are Ruth and Buddy Boudreaux. Buddy has been a well-known Baton Rouge and New Orleans area saxophonist/clarinetist/band leader since the 1930's. His father's credits include collaborations with Carl Fontana (tbn), Lee Fortier (tpt.), Mose Aliison (pno.).

The big band he co-led with Lee Fortier, the Buddy-Lee Orchestra, has backed names like Bob Hope, George Burns, Bob Crosby, Bernett Peters, Andy Williams, Tony Bennet, Johnny Mathis. He was also the first president of the Baton Rouge musicians' union and still is active performing with his big bands and small groups around Louisiana today at age 85.


Jeff had his first drum lessons at age 8 along with older brother, Ronnie Boudreaux, with Baton Rouge drummer/pianist, Jim Duplantier. Later, he took lessons with David Peters. His brother Ronnie is also still a professional drummer living in Baton Rouge, having had a career centered partly on circus bands, including with the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus.

His first professional performance was with his father's jazz band beginning at age 14. Later, he had classical percussion study with Jim Attwood and Donald Gilbert ages 13-17. He was a member of Louisiana All-State Concert bands and Jazz Bands, 1975-1977. He graduated from Braodmoor High School in Baton Rouge with 4.0 grade average and 3 years in the Broadmoor High School Jazz Band under the direction of former Woody Herman trumpeter, Lee Fortier.

He moved to New Orleans in 1977 to study at Loyola University College of Music and to develop professional career. He studied in New Orleans under Johnny Vidacovich, James Black, Bob Breaux and Lee Beech. He received a Bachelor of Music in Music and Jazz Studies degree at Loyola University in 1981 (cum laude). He taught at Tulane University, New Orleans 1981-1986. He stayed busy on the music scene in New Orleans until 1990 when he moved to Vienna Austria to transfer career to Europe. From 1990-1995, he performed throughout Europe and taught at the American Intstitute of Music in Vienna and the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz, Austria. At the Music Academy International, Nancy France, he's been a Guest Clinician, 2000-present. He's a substitute faculty member at the National Superior Conservatory of Music and Dance, Parc de la Villette, Paris, France 1998-present. He's taught Masterclasses in France, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Russia, Hungary, Spain, Italy, England, and Ireland, 1990-present.
In 1995, he moved to Paris, France and continues to live there today, continuing to develop career in Europe backing both American and European jazz artists.

Some of the artists accompanied he's accompanied include jazz musicians Rick Margitza,  Steve Masakowski, James Drew, Earl Turbinton, Tony Dagradi,  Emily Remler, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., Carl Fontana, Woody Herman  Al Hirt, Glenn Ferris,  Steve Lacy, Kenny Wheeler,  Randy Brecker,  Sheila Jordan, Toots Thielemans,  Benny Golson,  Jim Pepper,  Eddie Henderson, Lee Konitz, Kurt Elling, James Moody,  James Morrison, Don Alias, Gene Perla, Alex Foster, Chris Minh Doky, Niels Lan Doky,Michael Wolff, Nicholas Payton, Mark Whitfield, Wes Anderson, Wille Turbinton, Kidd Jordan, Mose Allison,  Astird Gilberto, Teddy Edwards, Etienne Mbappe, Michel Benita, Alain Jean Marie, Caecilie Norby, Lars Danielsson, Kent Carter, Lynle Marthe, and Victoria Tolstoy. Other artists include Liza Minelli, Dionne Warwick, Lena Horne, Tony Bennet, Sammy Davis Jr., Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Temptations, Henri Mancini, Linda Rhonstadt with Nelson Riddle, Doc Severinsen, Lucky Peterson,  Bernard and Luther Allison, Lou Rawls, Allen Toussaint, Henry Butler, Davel Crawford, Charmaine Neville, Charles Neville, Coco Robicheaux, George Porter, Jon Cleary, Ruby Wilson, Big Joe Turner and others.He's played in the national companies of Broadway shows  "A Chorus Line," "Porgy and Bess," "42nd Street", "Cats", "La Cage aux Folles", "Evita" and others.

He was a member of the Baton Rouge symphony Orchestra 1975-1977, the -New Orleans Philharmonic Orchestra 1978-1990 (under direction of: Leonard Slatkin, Phillipe Entremont, Maxim Shostacovich), the Prague Syphony Orchestra and Slovenian National Orchestra with Lalo Shiffrin 2002, the Munich Radio Orchestra, with James Morrison 2002 and Barbara Hendricks and the Guild Hall Strings- George Gershwin concerts 2002/2003.

Recordings:
James Drew and Rick Margitza" Barrio Francais (1983); Timna Brauer and Eli Mieri: Mozart Anders (1992); Rick Margitza and Wayne Brasel: The Note You Left (1993); Caecilie Norby: My Corner of the Sky (1996);  Niels Lan Doky, Chris Minh Doky, John Scofield: Doky Brothers 2 (1998); Allen Hoist: Just Before Spring (9198); Niels Lan Doky and Lars Danielsson: Asian Sessions (1998); Francois Moutin and Niels Lan Doky: I Love Paris (1999); Herve Sellin and Gilles Naturel: September Songs; Glenn Ferris: Chrominance (2000); Niels Lan Doky and Lars Danielsson: Spain (2002); Ronnie Patterson and Michel Benita: Mississippi (2002)

Films soundtrack:
Recent movie soundtracks in France for composer, Alexander Desplat
"Passage a l'Acte" 1996
"Revenger's Comedies" 1997
"Sur Mes Levres" 1999
"Reins d'un Jour" 2000
"Train-Train" 2001

Contact information:
-9 rue Boussingault
75013 Paris, France
tel/fax 33-1-45882151
-c/o Mr. or Mrs. Buddy Boudreaux
1025 East Riveroaks Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA. 70815
USA
tel. 1-225-927-8938
-boudrums@aol.com

He would like to dedicate his entry to the remembrance of Michael Thomas, born in Baton Rouge in 1959, a great Baton Rouge area drummer who died too young in the mid 1990's from diabetes complications.

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