Jeff’s Personal Profile
Jeff Putterman, guitarist/composer/music educator, lives in Portland , Oregon. A former faculty member at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Jeff also taught at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles and at Lewis & Clark College in Portland. Jeff’s own educational background has been both extensive and varied, holding a BA degree in Philosophy from the University of Maine, a guitar performance degree from the Musicians Institute, and a MAT in music from Lewis & Clark College. For nearly twenty years Jeff directed secondary school bands and taught guitar classes in the Portland Metro area, and from 2004 -present he has been a jazz guitar instructor at Portland State University.
In the course of his career Jeff has performed as a solo guitarist, band leader and sideman in clubs and concert halls from coast to coast. His recordings span three decades and present a unique mix of original compositions that blend classic and progressive jazz and eclectic music styles. The supporting casts on these recordings include bassists Glen Moore, Dave Captein, John Lockwood… drummers Bob Gulloti, Tony Jones, Israel Annoh… pianist Bruce Thomas, saxophonist Scott Robinson, vibraphonist Mike Horsfall… all great talents in the jazz world. Jeff’s most recent CD, You Are What You Are (2009) is a beautiful collection of guitar/bass duos and features Jeff on 7-string archtop and classical guitars.