Music of Jeff Whalen


Jeffrey Whalen with his alto saxMusic was Jeff Whalen’s life was music, plain and simple.  Jeff not only played, but wrote music quite frequently.  He used the software Finale Music Notation Software Products for Music Composition, which according to Whalen was a vast improvement over the ‘old school’ paper and pencil.

The book that had influenced Jeff’s playing was “Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within.”
Here are a few words from the author, Kenny Werner. Effortless Mastery Kenny Werner: The 4 Steps How to Play Jazz Videos Jazz Improvisation Lesson

Although Jeff was a part of many different bands and ensembles over his lifetime, he most consistently performed with the Bensen-Scott Big Band.

Here are two articles of Jeffrey playing with the Big Band:

Jeff Whalen plays for Veterans

Jeff Whalen plays with Big Band

Video of the Bensen-Scott Big Band performing Jeff Whalen’s arrangement of the extraordinary song, Can’t Afford The Color, by Justin Veatch.  Jeff Whalen: soloist

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Here are a few articles, listings and favorite venues/projects that Jeff Whalen was involved in:
Robert began as a kid singing and playing bass guitar with his blues-singing … Peekskill, NY See Map … Our group consists of five (that’s right) musicians including Jeff Whalen (alto sax, … Swing/Jump, Big Band, 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar)
Peekskill, NY – Our talented musicians included Jeff Whalen (alto sax, music teacher at Yorktown’s Crompond Elementary School), Charles Racioppo … 12 Grapes has moved our once-monthly Kids Open Mic to the third SUNDAY of each month. … Bring your guitar, bass, sax, flute or whatever instrument you play.
This Philadelphia-based roots revivalist duo plays six and twelve-string guitars, slide guitar, harmonica and … Latin, Jazz, and Blues, The Peekskill Coffee House …. Rock (classic), 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar ….. The members of the combo are in the Yorktown High School Jazz Band, where Jeff Whalen is co-director.
THE ECHOES OF SINATRA BAND consists of professional musicians who … Symphony performing at colleges, libraries, The Rainbow Room and Lincoln Center … River Jazz Orchestra, Benson-Scott Big Band and the Big Bang Jazz Gang.
New York Post
May 9, 2015 – To the beat of a big band, couples swing dance on the revolving dance … Starting in July, the Rainbow Room will instead serve an a la carte …

Want to find Jeffrey Whalen’s music online? We’ve got you covered.

https://play.spotify.com/track/6fC0DvXXbjOXEqfcfNJeAh?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open

http://www.muzofox.eu/mp3/can_t_afford_the_color_bensen_scott_big_band

https://www.amazon.fr/gp/product/B008BSD99M/278-5008314-8170301?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0

http://www.muviza.net/lagump3-cant-afford-the-color-the-bensen-scott-big-band-arranged-by-jeff-whalen-237417510.xhtml

Jeff had a blast in 2014 when he attended the First Ever Berklee Reunion:

Jeff’s memorial service had lovely music, as expected. Here for your pleasure are Naima and Amazing Grace: