FRYEBURG, Maine — The Jazz Residency Initiative presented its sixth annual Fryeburg Academy Capstone Concert, featuring Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Jeff Coffin on Wednesday, Nov. 20.
The concert featured performances by Fryeburg Academy's Big Band, Chorus, and Vocal Jazz Ensemble as well as a pro set, featuring Jeff Coffin performing with Les Harris Jr. (drums), John Hunter (bass) and Tom Snow (piano).
Before the capstone concert, Coffin led a three-day artist-in-residency experience for Fryeburg Academy student musicians, where he taught master classes, led rehearsals, and provided instruction and feedback to student vocalists and instrumentalists.
"Jeff Coffin is one of the most exciting and dynamic guest artists we've brought to Fryeburg Academy," said Michael Sakash, Fryeburg Academy's arts department chair. "What impressed me the most was the strong connection he established with our students. He is a master teacher and was able to meet the students at their level and ignite tremendous growth in a short period of time. For many of our students and teachers, Jeff's time at Fryeburg Academy was life-changing."
Coffin earned his three Grammy Awards during his time playing with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones from 1997 to 2010. In July of 2008, Coffin began touring with Dave Matthews Band and has remained a member since officially joining the band in 2009. When not on the road with Dave Matthews Band, Coffin fronts his groups, Jeff Coffin and the Mu'tet and The Viridian Trio. He has released 15 solo CDs.
Additionally, Coffin is a well-respected educator. He teaches at Vanderbilt University, is a mainstay at the Jazz Educators Network, has published multiple music education books, and delivers clinics globally.
Fryeburg Academy is a private boarding and day school serving grades nine to 12 and offering a postgraduate year. For more information, go to fryeburgacademy.org.