UCF Music Department
Jeff M Rupert

Jeff M Rupert

  • Director of Jazz Studies
  • Professor

jrupert@mail.ucf.edu
407-823-5411
Office Hours: 830-930 M/W
Campus Location: PACM117
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Jeff Rupert (born September 6, 1964) is a Yamaha performing artist, a record producer, recording artist, freelance tenor saxophonist, full professor, and Director of Jazz Studies at UCF.

Rupert has been a featured soloist on dozens of recordings with artists including Maynard Ferguson, Sam Rivers, Mel Tormé, Diane Schuur and Benny Carter. He played on Carter's Harlem Renaissance which won a Grammy. He played and arranged  for the New Jersey-based Blues band The Fins. He has also performed with Kevin Mahogany, Ernestine Anderson, Joe Farnsworth, Ray Drummond, Harry Allen, pianist Benny Green, Kenny Drew jr, trumpeter Michael Philip Mossman, and pianist and singer Judy Carmichael.

Rupert currently is the leader of The Jazz Professors, a sextet which had top JazzWeek charting hit albums in 2012 and 2013. "The Jazz Professors: Live at the UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival" (Flying Horse, 2011) which and peaked at #19 during its seventeen weeks on the JazzWeek charts. His third album, "From Memphis to Mobile", with Kenny Drew, Jr.

Rupert joined Sam Rivers' band in 1996 and appeared in four recordings with the group. He has performed in hundreds of concerts with Rivers, including performances at Lincoln for Ed Bradley's Jazz from Lincoln Center (broadcast on NPR), the Vision Festival NYC and Columbia University. He has been a member of the Jaguar International Jazz Series alongside Joe LaBarbera, Tom Wharington, Larry Koonse, and John Fedchock.

As a Sideman

Rupert has played for:


Major Performances

Rupert has performed at:

He has played at jazz festivals around the world, with dates in Europe, Scandinavia, Japan, Israel, South America, Australia, and New Zealand.

As a Music Educator

As a full professor and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida, Rupert spearheaded the BM Jazz Studies track at UCF, and recruited a top-drawer faculty that includes legendary jazz drummer Marty Morell, Richard Drexler, Per Danielsson, Bobby Koelble, and Michael Wilkinson. He directs The Flying Horse Big Band, which began as the UCF Jazz Ensemble 1. In 2013 the UCF Flying Horse big band performed at the Jazz Education Network Convention in Atlanta, and in 2005, the band performed a world premier for double big band composed by Sam Rivers, commissioned by UCF Music and UCF African American Studies. The work featured Rivers and his RIVBEA orchestra with the UCF Jazz Ensemble.  Rupert also teaches the Jazz Workshop, The Evolution of Jazz and serves as a the private instructor/mentor to selected jazz saxophone students at the university.

Rupert is a frequent clinician for festivals, college, high school, and middle school music performance assessments (MPAs) and music education clinics for music educators at events like the Florida Music Educators Association annual conference in Tampa, FL. In addition, Rupert has directed numerous all-state jazz bands.

As a Producer

Rupert is the founder of Flying Horse Records, a record label created to promote the talent of both the students and the recording artists in the faculty of the University of Central Florida's Jazz Studies program, and a keystone of the rising Jazz department's mission to make the university's Jazz department a launching point for modern jazz artists.

He founded and produces the UCF Orlando Jazz Festival, which has been broadcast by Dee Dee Bridgewater on Jazz Set  that appears on Sirius/XM radio and NPR.  Past guests include One for All, Charles McPherson, Mulgrew Miller, Terrell Stafford, Lenny Pickett, Lou Donaldson, Kevin Mahogany, Mike LeDonne, Dr Lonnie Smith, Grant Stewart, Antonio Hart, Michael Philip Mossman, and Guisando Caliente.

He has produced several records featuring his students in the UCF Jazz Ensemble 1. Their recording Jazz Town topped out at 43 on the JazzWeek chart. The Blues Is Alright, their 2013 release, topped out at 35

Quotes

"Jeff Rupert has a classic tenor sound, the virtuosity to execute practically any musical idea, and the imagination to make those ideas worth hearing."        - Ed Berger, the Institute of Jazz Studies

"Jeff Rupert, he is dynamite" - Mel Tormé

"Rupert is just the kind of soloist needed to spur a band on to heroic heights." - George Kanzler, music critic, The Star Ledger

"From the moment I first heard Jeff Rupert with my band I considered him one of the great jazz players of today." - Maynard Ferguson

Education

  • M.M. in Jazz Studies from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University (1993)
  • B.M. in Jazz Studies from Mason Gross School of the Arts (1987)

Awards

  • TIP (Teaching Incentive Program) Award, The University of Central Florida, 2013. 
  • Research Award,The University of Central Florida. Outstanding Research, 2012. 
  • Research Award,The University of Central Florida. Outstanding Research, 2006. 

  • International Association of Jazz Educators.Outstanding Service to Jazz Education. IAJE Convention, NY, NY, 2001.The Jeff Rupert Quintet.
  • Research Award,The University of Central Florida.Outstanding Research, 2000. 
  • The Presidents Award,The University of Central Florida. Research and Merit. 1999.

Courses

No courses found for Summer 2013.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
80811 MUL2016 Evolution of Jazz Web 12:00AM - 12:00AM Not Online
No Description Available
80498 MUN3713 Jazz Ensemble Face2Face M,W 12:30PM - 2:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
90426 MUN3714 Jazz Combo Face2Face - Not Online
No Description Available
81156 MUN5715L Jazz Ensemble Face2Face M,W 12:30PM - 2:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
81404 MUT3923 Jazz Workshop Face2Face Tu,Th 9:00AM - 10:15AM Not Online
No Description Available
91506 MVW1415 Saxophone Ⅰ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
82181 MVW2425 Saxophone Ⅱ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
91507 MVW3435 Saxophone Ⅲ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
91508 MVW4445 Saxophone Ⅳ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10394 MUN3713 Jazz Ensemble Face2Face M,W 12:30PM - 2:20PM Available
No Description Available
10990 MUN5715L Jazz Ensemble Face2Face M,W 12:30PM - 2:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10988 MUN5716L Jazz Chamber Group Face2Face 12:00AM - 12:00AM Not Online
No Description Available
10398 MUT3171 Jazz Theory Ⅱ Face2Face M,W 9:30AM - 10:20AM Available
No Description Available
10845 MUT3923 Jazz Workshop Face2Face Tu,Th 9:00AM - 10:15AM Available
No Description Available
19979 MVW1415 Saxophone Ⅰ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
19980 MVW2425 Saxophone Ⅱ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
19981 MVW3435 Saxophone Ⅲ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available

No courses found for Summer 2014.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
82197 MVW1415 Saxophone Ⅰ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available

No courses found for Spring 2015.

Updated: Jan 7, 2014

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