Jeff Rzepiela
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  • Sunnyvale, CA
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Sunnyvale, CA
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Jeff Rzepiela is a multi-instrumentalist, performing on flute, clarinet, alto, and tenor saxophone. He can be heard performing with The JazzSchool Big Band, The Musicians Warehouse Big Band, The Swing Solution Big Band, and with Leanne Weatherly.

In addition to his performing activities, Jeff enjoys teaching jazz improvisation. His methods focus on studying his own transcriptions of solos by jazz greats to extract the essentials of improvisation.

Jeff's musical studies began in earnest at Duke University under the direction of Artist-In-Residence, Paul Jeffrey. Paul has a long history as arranger and saxophonist with such jazz legends as Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, and Thelonious Monk and lessons with him emphasized the importance of transcription and respect for the jazz tradition. The opportunity to host a jazz radio program on Duke's WXDU radio also gave Jeff access to a large record collection from which to learn jazz history from Armstrong to Zorn.

Jeff continued his studies at the University of California -- Berkeley. Here he performed in numerous small ensembles as well as playing lead alto in the Wednesday Big Band. It was here that studies with Dave Le Febvre introduced Jeff to a wealth of big band literature and his first lessons in arranging.

Jeff continues to study improvisation with noted teacher, Charlie Banacos.

His nickname, "Scooby" dates from his days in Berkeley. A friend commented that every time he saw Jeff, he was snapping his fingers and humming a jazz tune. His friend's term for that was "scooby-ing" and the name eventually stuck.
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Wardell Gray Transcription

Posted on September 8, 2011 at 7:50pm 0 Comments

I have added Wardell Gray's solo on Pennies From Heaven to my website:
 
http://scooby-sax.com/transcriptions.aspx
 
It has been issued a few time on CD. It's under Wardell's name as Live at The Haig or as Live in Hollywood. It's also under Hampton Hawes's name as Memorial.

It's also available on YouTube: http://youtu.be/cEC_AIHmysY
 
Enjoy!
 
- Scooby

Ronnie Cuber Transcription

Posted on August 8, 2011 at 10:43pm 0 Comments

Having recently seen Ronnie Cuber in New York, I've been inspired to transcribe some of his solos. To start, I have added a transcription of A Foggy Day to my website:

http://scooby-sax.com/transcriptions.aspx

Enjoy!

- Scooby

Tenor Conclave Solo Analysis

Posted on July 30, 2011 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

The July, 2011 issue of the Scooby-Sax Newsletter has been published. This issue of this educational resource focuses on the analysis of transcribed solos by Al Cohn, Hank Mobley, Zoot Sims, and John Coltrane on the tune, "Tenor Conclave." The analysis of these four solos on "I Got Rhythm" chord changes focuses on such techniques as chromatic approaches, guide tone lines, sequences, digital patterns, and chord substitutions. Suggestions are included to help players incorporate these ideas…

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Steve Grossman Transcription

Posted on July 21, 2011 at 11:35pm 0 Comments

I have added a transcription of Steve Grossman's solo on There Will Never Be Another You to my website:

http://scooby-sax.com/transcriptions.aspx

Enjoy!

- Scooby

Frank Wess Flute Transcription

Posted on May 11, 2011 at 8:42pm 0 Comments

I have added a transcription of Frank Wess' flute solo on "There Is No Greater Love" to my website:

http://scooby-sax.com/transcriptions.aspx

It's a great example of Frank's melodic sense, his laid-back time feel, and his blues feeling.

Enjoy!

- Scooby

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At 1:08pm on June 4, 2009, CICILY OTIS QUARTET said…
come check out my jazz quartet. i perform every Monday night at Three Flames Restaraunt(1547 Meridian Ave) in San Jose. 8pm-11pm. I am trying to gain all the local support that i can,and in turn support other local players,vocalist as well!
At 6:07am on December 29, 2008, David Wyatt Sr. said…
I wish you a Happy New Year filled with much love, joy and happiness my friend.....

Much love,

David Wyatt Sr.
At 5:57pm on December 20, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Welcome Jeff,
Thank you for joining the Jazz Network!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Luiz
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