UCF Music Department
Jeff M Rupert

Jeff M Rupert

  • Director of Jazz Studies
  • Pegasus Professor

jeffrupert@ucf.edu
407-823-5411
Office Hours: 9-10AM M/W
Campus Location: PACM117
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Jeff Rupert is a  Trustee Chair, Pegasus Professor, and Director of Jazz Studies at UCF. He is a saxophonist, composer, record producer, and recording artist.

Rupert has been a featured soloist on dozens of recordings with artists including  Sam Rivers, Mel Tormé, Diane Schuur, Benny Carter and Maynard Ferguson. His most recent recording The Ripple with legendary saxophonist George Garzone released in September, 2019. He played on Benny Carter's Harlem Renaissance which won a Grammy. . 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 has several releases under his own name including "Lets Sail Away" with Veronica Swift (2017)and "Imagination" (2016) and "R&D" (2018)with pianist Richard Drexler. Rupert currently is the leader of The Jazz Professors, a sextet which had top JazzWeek charting hit albums in 2012-2015. "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. Most recently he performed with Michael Philip Mossman and John Riley at the Taipei National Concert Hall, Taiwan.

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, Taiwan, Israel, South America, Australia, and New Zealand.

As a Music Educator

As Pegasus professor, Trustee Chair 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, trumpeter Dan Miller Richard Drexler, Per Danielsson, and Bobby Koelble. He directs The Flying Horse Big Band, which began as the UCF Jazz Ensemble 1. The Flying Horse big band released its 6th album in as many years for Flying Horse Records, entitled Good NewsThe album is currently charting on three jazz charts, to #4. 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 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, and the Jazz Band of America, in 2017. 

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. Flying Horse Records eighth  jazz album Big Man On Campus reached #5 on the NACC jazz charts, and was simultaneously on all three jazz charts for fifteen weeks. Rupert 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, reached # 35

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, Leroy Jones, Lou Donaldson, Kevin Mahogany, Peter Bernstein,  Mike LeDonne, Dr Lonnie Smith, The David Hazeltine trio, Grant Stewart, Antonio Hart, Harry Allen, Michael Philip Mossman, Harold Mabern, Barry Harris, Benny Golson, Jerry Bergonzi Quartet,  and Guisando Caliente.

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)

Research Interests

Jazz music, saxophone, composition, arranging. 

Recent Research Activities

Selected Discography, TV, radio and live appearances.
Recordings: (selected discography)

  The Ripple Jeff Rupert and George Garzone. RUPE Media. 1/20.  #1 on RMR and NACC. 26+ weeks on Jazz Week. 

  A Moment of You Daniela Soledade. 9/19. Blue Line Music. Nate Najar, Tommy Cecil, Duduka Da Fonseca. Jeff Rupert, Tenor sax and flute.

  Good News! 7/19The Flying Horse Big Band (UCF). Producer, writer, Director, performer. Flying Horse records. #1 on RMR/NACC jazz charts.

So Nice Daniela Soledade single release, Blue Line Music. 3/19. Nate Najar, Tommy Cecil, Duduka Da Fonseca. Jeff Rupert, flute.

R&D, RUPE MEDIA. 9/18 release. CD and Streaming release. Jeff Rupert and Richard Drexler.   Charted on Jazz Week, RMR, and  NACC. All arrangements by Jeff Rupert.

The Bat Swings! Flying Horse Records.2/18. Director, Flying Horse big band. #1 on two national jazz charts (NACC and RMR) # 27 on JazzWeek. 12 weeks on the jazz charts to date.

Let’s Sail Away.11/17 Jeff Rupert with Veronica Swift.

#1 on the National Jazz Charts (RMR) and NACC. 5* rating on Amazon, and8 reviews. RUPE Media. Charted for 11 weeks.

Christmas in December Nate Najar. 12/17.with Jeff Rupert, Mark Feinman,Alejandro Arenas, John O’leary and James Suggs. Woodward Ave Records.

Big Man on Campus Flying Horse Records. 11/17. UCF’s Flying Horse Big Band. #6 on RMR charts and #7 on NACC.

Imagination. RUPE Media. 11/16 Jeff Rupert and Richard Drexler. #17 on the National Jazz Charts (RMJ) for five weeks. 5* rating on Amazon, and 8 reviews. All About Jazz, Audiofile, Jazztimes Weekly, Jazz Word, Midwest Review, Contemporary Fusion Review, and the Jazz Word.

Into the Mystic UCF’s Flying Horse big band. 9/15. #51 on Jazzweek. Jeff Rupert, director, arranger and producer.

En Plein Air The Jazz Professors. Jeff Rupert, Marty Morell, Richard Drexler, Per Danielsson, Bobby Koelble.  Flying Horse Records. 9/15

In the Morning. Marty and Michiko Morell, drums, vibes, marimba and vocals. Bobby Koelble guitar, Jeff Rupert, tenor sax. Marima Production. 8/15.

Younger Next Year Herb Silverstein. Sliver Tunes Music. Marty Morell, Richard Drexler, LaRue Nicholson, and Jeff Rupert 7/15

I’m Old Fashioned Lisa Casalino. Kenny Drew Jr, Nate Najar, Jeff Rupert John Lamb, Mark Feinman, Alejandro Arenas. 5/14

Happy Feet Big BandBelo Horizonte, Brazil. 1/14.

Alto Saxophone and producer.

Monday Morning Herb Silverstein, with Marty Morell, Richard Drexler, LaRue Nicholson, and Jeff Rupert.  Silver Tunes Music. 2013.

The Jazz Professors, Do That Again! Flying Horse Records

6 on the Jazz Week charts, total chart time 20 weeks. #39/100 albums for 2013. Producer, tenor saxophone.

Trilogy  Sam Rivers and the RIVBEA Orchestra. 11/11. Mosaic Records

Mosaic 38 Select. Three CD set. Lead Alto Saxophone.

Enamorada  Marty Morell and Michiko Ohta. 11/11.Marima Production. Tenor sax.

The Jazz Professors 1/11. Flying Horse Records.

19 on Jazz Week and on the charts for 17 weeks. Producer, tenor saxophone.

Jazz Town 11/10. Flying Horse Records. Producer, arranger, and performer.

43 on Jazz Week for ten weeks.

From Memphis to Mobile (Book and CD release 10/09). Random Act Records

RAR1002CD. Jeff Rupert, Kenny Drew Jr., Richard Drexler, John Jenkins.

Jazz Week top twenty for eight weeks.

Reunion, Jeff Lashway, featuring Vinnie Calaiuta

Jim Rotondi, John Allred, Jeff Rupert, Richard Drexler. Random Act Records 9/09.

Jazz Week top ten.

Smooth Jazz Berlin vol. 2 CD

Jeff Rupert + Dirty Martini, Save your Love for Me. 1/07

A Night In Berne, Featuring Jeff Rupert, tenor sax. CD. 2006 Michael Zisman, Bandoneon, (SW), Michael Zisman, Bass (USA),

I’m All Smiles, Michelle Amato. 10/05.

Sam Rivers Rivbea Orchestra Aurora Lead Alto Sax.  Rivbea Music. 3/06

Jeff Rupert + Dirty Martini Save your Love for Me. 09/04.  Beaten Path.

Concord Records 30th Anniversary, various artists. Concord Records 03

Jeff Rupert: Jeff Rupert Silica/MAS 9/02

Diane Schuur/Maynard Ferguson: Swingin’ for Schuur 11/01

Phil Ramone, producer. Concord Records CCD-4982-2

Jim Roberts: Reflections 11/01 White Rose records.

Sunnie Paxon Wild Soul Sunnie Paxon, Roadshow . 05/01

Kasi: Every Word, DIVI Records, 8/00. 

T Bone: Don’t Look Back, 9/98 Ratamaque CD52008-2CD2

The Fins: Bluesprint, 1/98, MAS recording. Blues Debut of the year, Real Blues Magazine.

A Jazz Valentine, In the Mood… Benny Carter Music Masters 93

Mel Torme´: The Great American Songbook, 10/93 Telarc CD 83328

Benny Carter: Harlem Renaissance, 2/92. Music Masters CD 0162-6508 Grammy winning Recording

Selected Video, Television, Radio Appearances, and Interviews

11/19 Judy Carmichael’s Jazz Inspired. NPR National Syndication.WSSB Radio. 

9/26/19      Interview for the New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival.  Caesar Frazier Hammond Organ Quartet

7/23/19  Live recording and     Broadcast for WUCF TV and WUCF, FM. Caesar Frazier, organ,
 Ryan Waszmer, guitar (UCF Jazz studies grad), Barry Smith, drums,Jeff Rupert tenor and alto saxophone.

6/19. Feature on UCF’s Flying horse Big Band discography, and the Jeff Rupert Quartet recordings. 5 part series.Blue Lake Public Radio

WUCF (Radio and Television) 2/28/19 . The Jeff Rupert Quartet, Marty Morell, Richard Drexler, Ben Kramer.  

Neon Jazz Interview Series. 5/7/18 I tunes Podcast. Joe Dimino, Kansas City, Mo.

WUSF, FM, Tampa FL. 6/7/17Jeff Rupert and Richard Drexler Duo.

WUCF, FM. Live radio broadcast, Jiggs Whigham, Jeff Rupert, Marty Morell, Richard Drexler, Michael Humpherys. 11/11.

UCF-TV Terrell Stafford with the Jazz Professors; the UCF Orlando Jazz Festival.8/11

UCF-TV Lenny Pickett with the UCF Jazz Ensemble I; the UCF Orlando Jazz Festival. 8/11

UCF TV The Jazz Professors; Live at the UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival. With Grant Stewart. 9/10.

Harry Allen and Jeff Rupert with Danny Gottlieb and Richard Drexler; Live radio broadcast, WUCF FM. 10/09

UCF-TV Kevin Mahogany with the Jazz Professors; the UCF Orlando Jazz Festival. 6/09

Jazzset hosted by Dee Dee Bridgewater NPR. International broadcast;

The UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival With One for All, and Jeff Rupert, Marty Morell, Per Danielsson and Richard Drexler. 10/08

Jeff Rupert + Dirty Martini, Live Radio Broadcast, WUCF, FM, Orlando, FL. 4/23/07

Michelle Amato Group, Live Radio Broadcast, WUCF, FM. 9/25/06

WCEU, Daytona Television recording and broadcast, Jeff Rupert + Dirty Martini. 5/25/06

Jazz Europe (European free radio); International Jazz Festival, Bern, Switzerland. Ernestine Anderson Quartet. 3/06

Maynard Ferguson Live From Seattle DVD. Live From the King Cat Theater. 2005 release. Paradise Media Partner 11/05

Diane Schuur, Live from Seattle. DVD.

Diane Schuur with Maynard Ferguson and Big Bop Nouveau. Recorded at the

King Kat Theatre, Seattle Washington. Paradise Entertainment.  9/05

Michael Andrew, Live radio Broadcast, WMMO Orlando, FL. 12/05/03

Jeff Rupert/Joe Cohn Duo. Live on WUCF, FM. Orlando, FL.

9/11/02.

WBGO, Newark, NJ. Live Radio Broadcast.

The Fins. 6/27/01

Jazz from Lincoln Center. Sam Rivers Rivbea Orchestra.

Hosted by Ed Bradley, Produced and Broadcast by NPR. 11/2000

Jazz Central, BET network, with Kenny Drew, jr., and Biella Da Costa. Hosted by Ramsey Lewis. 2/99.

Awards

  • UCF Research Award Recipient, 2020
  • UCF Trustee Chair appointment, 2016.
  • Promotion to Pegasus Professor. 2014
  • 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.

Activities

Performance and recording

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10330 MUN3713 Jazz Ensemble Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W 12:30 PM - 02:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
16782 MUN5715L Jazz Ensemble Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W 12:30 PM - 02:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
10628 MUT3923 Jazz Workshop Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 09:00 AM - 10:15 AM Not Online
No Description Available
11043 MVW1415 Saxophone Ⅰ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
11044 MVW2425 Saxophone Ⅱ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
11045 MVW3435 Saxophone Ⅲ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
11046 MVW4445 Saxophone Ⅳ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
80502 MUN3713 Jazz Ensemble Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W 12:30 PM - 02:20 PM Available
No Description Available
80972 MUN5715L Jazz Ensemble Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W 12:30 PM - 02:20 PM Available
No Description Available
81113 MUT3923 Jazz Workshop Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 09:00 AM - 10:15 AM Available
No Description Available
81514 MVW1415 Saxophone Ⅰ Video Strmng (V) COVID DL exmp W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available
81448 MVW2425 Saxophone Ⅱ Video Strmng (V) COVID DL exmp W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available
81515 MVW3435 Saxophone Ⅲ Video Strmng (V) COVID DL exmp W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available
81516 MVW4445 Saxophone Ⅳ Video Strmng (V) COVID DL exmp W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available

No courses found for Summer 2020.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
17081 MUN3713 Jazz Ensemble Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W 12:30 PM - 02:20 PM Available
No Description Available
17558 MUN5715L Jazz Ensemble Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W 12:30 PM - 02:20 PM Available
No Description Available
17556 MUN5716L Jazz Chamber Group Face to Face Instruction (P) Not Online
No Description Available
18275 MUT3923 Jazz Workshop Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 02:30 PM - 03:50 PM Not Online
No Description Available
18114 MVW1415 Saxophone Ⅰ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available
18115 MVW2425 Saxophone Ⅱ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available
18116 MVW3435 Saxophone Ⅲ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available
18117 MVW4445 Saxophone Ⅳ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
89283 MUN3713 Jazz Ensemble Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W 12:30 PM - 02:20 PM Available
No Description Available
89787 MUN5715L Jazz Ensemble Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W 12:30 PM - 02:20 PM Available
No Description Available
89785 MUN5716L Jazz Chamber Group Face to Face Instruction (P) Available
No Description Available
89663 MUT3923 Jazz Workshop Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 09:00 AM - 10:15 AM Available
No Description Available
90412 MVW1415 Saxophone Ⅰ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available
90335 MVW2425 Saxophone Ⅱ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available
90413 MVW3435 Saxophone Ⅲ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available
90414 MVW4445 Saxophone Ⅳ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available

Updated: Aug 21, 2020

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