Assistant Professor of Music
Applied Trumpet, Theory, Jazz
Phone: (541) 552-6540
Office: MU 225
BM, 2004, University of South Florida
DMA, 2009, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Jeff Richmond is recognized as a significant voice in modern jazz composition and performance education. Richmond earned his Bachelor of Music degree (magna cum laude) in composition at the University of South Florida-Tampa, where he studied composition with Guggenheim Fellow Chuck Owen and Paul Reller and jazz performance with Tom Brantley, Jay Coble, and Jack Wilkins. He received his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in composition with a cognate in jazz studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he studied composition with Eric Richards, Randy Snyder, and Tyler White, and jazz performance with Paul Haar, Peter Bouffard, Stefon Harris, and Darryl White.
Richmond's most recent academic conference appearances have been as a featured speaker at the 2008 and 2010 World Conferences of the International Society for Music Education (the music education arm of UNESCO) in Bologna, Italy and Beijing, China, respectively, where he addressed the issues related to studio composition pedagogy in the ‘Third Stream.’ He also served as the featured clinician for 2010 North Carolina All-State Jazz Directors’ Clinic and the 2010 All-State Jazz Big Band Reading Session.
Richmond’s compositions are published by the University of Northern Colorado’s UNC Jazz Press [Greeley, CO], System Blue Publications [Concord, CA], Row Loff Productions [Nashville, TN], Dorn Publications [Medville, MA], and Walrus Music Publishing [Pismo Beach, CA], with more than 30 works published. Richmond has actively led his own jazz groups, including the Jeff Richmond Jazz Orchestra, a 17 piece big band dedicated to his own compositions. Recordings of this band are available for download on Richmond’s website and scores and parts can be purchased through major music distributors around the country. More recently, Richmond has focused on small group writing.
Richmond’s jazz trumpeting focuses on hard-bop, fusion, and lead trumpet performance. He frequents the solo chair of the Asheville Jazz Orchestra and performs regularly around the Carolinas. He has also performed with musical greats - Michael Abene, the Carolina Brass, Tom Brantley, Donald Brown, Jon Faddis, Gary Foster, Stefon Harris, Steve Houghton, Dave Liebman, Paul McKee, Michael Philip Mossman, LaRue Nickelson, John Riley, the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra (opened), Sam Rivers, The Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (opened), Jiggs Whigham, Jack Wilkins, and others. Richmond currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, OR
Read Jeff Richmonds's interview "Improvising at the Speed of Sound"