Adjunct Faculty in Jazz Voice
Jeff Hedberg is a Chicago area jazz vocalist, trumpet player and educator. His musical training includes a Master of Music in Jazz Pedagogy from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Elmhurst College. During his time at both institutions Jeff had the opportunity to perform with both the EC Jazz Band and the NU Jazz Ensemble, both well-known big bands. During which he played both lead trumpet and jazz chair. Through his schooling, as well as his own pursuits, Jeff has studied with Doug Beach, Mark Colby, Jackie Allen, Brenda Lualdi, Bob Rummage, Mark Streder, Libby York, Jeff Deustch, Phoebe Fuller, Rob Parton, Don Owens, Joel Spencer, Mike Kocour and Judy Roberts.
Jeff is a Blujazz Recording Artist and his debut CD The Summer Knows, released in 2004, received critical acclaim. Jeff is also the founder/leader and vocalist for the group C11, a 12-piece jazz ensemble dedicated to honoring and preserving the work of legendary West coast arranger, Marty Paich. The band features many of the legendary "Dek-tette" arrangements that Paich wrote for notable jazz vocalist, Mel Torme. C11 released its debut recording Too Darn Hot in October 2011.
Of Jeff, critics have written: "Jeff combines the best of past and present, vocal and instrumental, improvisation and lyricism, playfullness and coolness." (Scott Gotschall, jazzreview.com, jazzwriter.com); "Jeff is to Mel Torme, as Mendelssohn was to Bach." (John Bany, noted Chicago bassist); and "Jeff is obviously one of those rarities who probably scatted before he walked..." (Carla Gordon, Cabaret Hotline).