Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Coffin, Jeff (Stanley)
Coffin, Jeff (Stanley), saxophonist, composer; b. Marlboro, MA, 5 August 1965. His mother is Connie Coffin (b. 1942) and his father is Robert Coffin (b. 1940). He has a sister, Lori Slone (b. 1963). Coffin arrived in Nashville, TN in 1991. After graduating from University of North Texas in Music Education in 1990, Coffin received an N.E.A. grant and studied under saxophone great Joe Lovano. After moving to Nashville, Coffin played in numerous bands, taught privately and started a jam session that ran until Jeff was to busy to give it the attention it needed nearly nine years later.
Over the years, Coffin has had the opportunity to perform with many musicians including Dave Matthews Band, Branford Marsalis, John Scofield, Garth Brooks, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Van Morrison, String Cheese Incident, Charlie Hunter, The Wailers, Karl Denson & Tiny Universe, Galactic, Phish, Widespread Panic, String Cheese Incident, Bruce Hornsby, Van Morrison, Chick Corea, Don Henley, Glenn Frye, Dixie Chicks, David Grisman, Bruce Hornsby and numerous others. He sometimes plays two saxophones at once, inspired by Rahsaan Roland Kirk.
Coffin has performed with the Grammy Award winning Bela Fleck and the Flecktones for over five years. In addition to his nearly 160 yearly dates with the Flecktones, Coffin's versatility has made him a highly in demand session player and he has appeared on nearly 100 recordings. When the Flecktones are not touring, he leads his own group, The Mu'Tet, which has been around for nearly five years. The Mu'Tet is an extension of a larger group he had for a few years called The Vibration Arts Ensemble. The name, the Mu'tet, comes from music being a continual "mutation" of ideas and styles. He also continues to teach privately and do clinics at schools around the country.
Jeff is married and has 2 stepsons.
Jeff Coffin Ensemble: Outside the Lines (1997); Commonality (1999); Jeff Coffin Mu'Tet: Go Round (2001)
Bela Fleck & the Flecktones: Left of Cool (1998), Outbound (2000), Greatest Hits of the 20th Century (2000), Live at the Quick/DVD (2001), Live at the Quick/CD (2001);Victor Wooten: What Did He Say (1999), Yin/Yang (2001)
Radio and TV broadcasts:
Many appearances with Bela Fleck & the Flecktones on various TV and radio staions around the world.
Too many articles to list. Again, most with Bela Fleck & the Flecktones but many about Coffin and his group, the Mu'tet.
Interviews or profiles on the Internet:
2001 Grammy Award/Best Contemporary Jazz Recording/Bela Fleck & the Flecktones "Outbound"
2000 Nashville Music Award winner/Jazz Album of the Year/Jeff Coffin/"Commonality"
1991 NEA Grant to study with Joe Lovano