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Jeff will be sharing his journey as a young Canadian kid who was going to be a physicist (and who was too scared to improvise) to becoming a full time jazz performer and educator. He's been a pioneer in online education, YouTube outreach, and virtual education platforms, although still not 100% sure how his cell phone works!
Most educators work with kids or college students, but he gravitated towards working with adults, generally in the 55 - 90 age range. Students who are serious about the music, and who have chosen it as “what they do” for the second half of their lives.
As a performer, he works with a variety of groups playing mostly acoustic and electric jazz these days. He has equal love for Duke Ellington and Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Wonder.
Born in Edmonton Canada, and having lived in Nigeria as a child, saxophonist and educator Jeff Antoniuk has defined his musical life by creating and expanding communities. Antoniuk has worked personally with thousands of adult amateur and semi-pro musicians around the world, through his various successful jazz businesses, helping this underserved group of passionate jazz musicians reach their dreams and their potential.
Jeff’s Digging Deeper Jazz video series on You Tube has reached over two million viewers, with his weekly insights on how jazz players can gain real traction in their playing and understanding. While aimed at the adult audience, the Digging Deeper Jazz videos are used in high schools and colleges around the world by professors and students alike.
Antoniuk became clear that good jazz eduction is not about “more information.” Better education is based on more wisdom, and more community. His subscription web site, www.JazzWire.net is connecting adult musicians from over 25 different countries around the globe, and providing them with a place to support each other, to truly connect and work together, and to get great, actionable input. Jazz Wire is the “music university experience” for those who didn’t get to go to music university.
An Eastman Saxophones and Gonzalez Reeds Artist, Jeff is also internationally respected as both a master performer. He has received numerous awards and commissions, and has produced over 10 critically acclaimed albums over the years. He is currently the Artistic Director of both Maryland Summer Jazz and Jazz Band Masterclass, and has performed with the likes of Jimmy Haslip, Marcus Miller, Ingrid Jensen and Helen Sung.
Although a past university professor and guest lecturer, Jeff has dedicated his teaching life to working with adult amateur students through his own businesses. He loves working with these jazz fanatics, independent of their experience or ability level.
You can find him at www.JazzWire.net