Los Angeles based saxophonist Jeff Ellwood is the Director of Instrumental Jazz Studies at Mt. San Antonio College and Jazz Saxophone Professor at Cal State Fullerton. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Berklee College of Music and Master of Music degree from Cal State Fullerton.
He has studied saxophone and improvisation with: James Moody, Rick Margitza, Ralph Bowen, John Ellis, Billy Pierce, George Garzone, Hal Crook, Gary Foster, Eric Marienthal, Charlie Banacos & Jim Odgren.
While at Berklee, Jeff had the distinct pleasure of being a member of the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Herb Pomeroy. This group shared the stage with: Gary Burton, John Abercrombie, Joe Zawinul, Toshiko Akiyoshi and many more.
Jeff has performed or recorded with: Tony Bennett, Alan Pasqua, Bill Cunliffe Big Band, Rick Margitza, Jerry Bergonzi, Terell Stafford, Joe LaBarbera, Jimmy Haslip, Dave Carpenter, Darek Oles, James Moody, Randy Brecker, Christian McBride, Stevie Wonder, Bob Mintzer, Eddie Daniels, Arturo Sandoval, Dave Grusin, John Williams, and Quincy Jones to name a few.
Jeff has been closely working with saxophonists Jerry Bergonzi and Dick Oatts, documenting all of their compositions. All books are currently available thru www.jeffellwood.net.
Jeff is a Yamaha performing artist and Silverstein Works artist.