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Lorber, Jeff

Lorber, Jeff, keyboards, composer, producer; b. Philadelphia, PA, 4 November 1952.

He took piano lessons from the age of four, and upon leaving high school studied at the Berklee School Of Music. As a teenager Jeff performed with a variety of local R & B bands.

In 1972 he moved to Portland, Oregon, and formed the Jeff Lorber Fusion, an instrumental jazz funk ensemble which included Kenny G on sax. While studying at the Berklee College Of Music in Boston he came under the influence of Herbie Hancock and his contemporaries, and when he left Berklee he studied privately with Ran Blake. In 1979, he moved to Portland, Oregon and taught improvisation at Lewis and Clark College.

Lorber fondly refers to the wealth of music he created on his six albums from 1979-1985 (which led to his first Grammy nomination for Best R&B instrumental for Pacific Coast Highway in 1985) as "second generation fusion."

Following the break-up of his marriage, Jeff had moved to Los Angeles where in 1986 he switched to Warner Brothers. From here Jeff moved into session work both as a pianist and producer. Over the years he has worked with numerous artists including The Dazz Band, Debarge, The Fit, Pleasure, Eugene Wilde and Miki Howard. He toured the U.K. in 2001, featuring dates at London's Jazz Cafe.

The Jeff Lorber Fusion (1977); Soft Space (1978); Water Sign (1979); Wizard Island (1980); Galaxian (1981); It's A Fact (1981); In The Heat Of The Night (1984); Step By Step (1985); Lift Off (1985); Private Passion (1986); Worth Waiting For (1993); West Side Stories (1994); State Of Grace (1996); Midnight (1998); Kickin' It (2001); Philly Style (2003)
As sideperson:
Marlon McClain: Changes (1981); Kenny G: Kenny G; The Commodores: Nightshift; Jody Watley: Real Love

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