Biography

Close up at Ethans Recital

Jeff Livorsi grew up in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago and is a product of the Wheeling High School band program. At the age of 18 he moved to the city to attend DePaul University. He received his Bachelors of Science in Music with a Physics minor and a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies. While attending DePaul he studied under Tim CoffmanTom Matta, & Bob Lark.

After Jeff received his bachelors degree he was not fulfilled musically as a sound engineer, so he decided to go back to school and get his masters degree in Jazz Studies, where he played tenor and bass trombone in DePaul’s Music program. While in grad school Jeff cut his teeth teaching private low brass lessons at Lane Tech  College Prep, and a jazz improvisation class at Joseph Sears Middle School. He currently teaches low brass lessons at Fremd, Hersey, and Wheeling High School. He also directs the DePaul University Screamin’ Demon Pep Band, where he not only rehearses and educates, but he also is in charge of budget, payroll, and other administrative tasks.

Aside from teaching Jeff has created quite the reputation as a trombone player in Chicago. He has played and recorded for big names such as Jeff Hamilton, Phil Woods, Ira Sullivan, Malik Yusef, Cornell Thigpen, Calvin Rodgers and Sean O’Keefe (producer). Along with these artists Jeff has performed in the pit with Porchlight Music Theatre Company

Warming up the bass tromboneJeff continues to play with many groups throughout the city of Chicago as a freelance trombonist. You can see him regularly play with Bumpus,  Terrible Spaceship, Becca Kaufman Orchestra and his very own brass band J-Livi & The Party.

Along with performing in these groups Jeff is a free-lance writer/arranger and often arranges music for the Becca Kaufman Orchestra.