Jeff Dee is bass trombonist of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he has held since 2007. Prior to the BPO, he held similar positions with the Jacksonville Symphony and Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestras. Jeff has also performed and recorded as a guest artist with orchestras in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Rochester. In 2013, Jeff was invited to join the Pittsburgh Symphony on their three-week European tour.
Outside of the orchestra, Jeff enjoys performing in a variety of ensembles. He has performed with the Buffalo Chamber Players and the BPO Brass Quintet. Jeff is also a regular member of the critically acclaimed Great Lakes Trombone Choir, an ensemble consisting of professional trombonists from Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Rochester.
Jeff serves on faculty at the State University of New York at Fredonia as Adjunct Professor of Trombone. He held a similar position at the University of North Florida while living in Jacksonville. As a guest recitalist and clinician, Jeff has appeared at Canisius College, Elmira College, Grand Valley State University, Interlochen Arts Academy, Ithaca College, and SUNY Fredonia.
In 2012, Eric Ewazen composed and dedicated his Triple Concerto for Three Trombones to Jeff and his BPO colleagues, Jonathan Lombardo and Tim Smith. The premiere was given with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under JoAnn Falletta in November 2012. Jeff and his colleagues performed the Triple Concerto with the U.S. Army Orchestra at the 2013 Eastern Trombone Workshop, and again with the World Youth Orchestra at the Interlochen Arts Academy. A recording with the Buffalo Philharmonic is forthcoming. In addition to the BPO, Jeff has been a featured soloist with the Amherst Symphony, the Buffalo State Wind Ensemble, and the SUNY Fredonia Trombone Choir.
Jeff received a B.M. in Trombone Performance from Southern Methodist University where he studied with Dallas Symphony principal trombonist, John Kitzman. While enrolled at SMU, Jeff was engaged on numerous occasions by the Dallas Wind Symphony and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. With the Dallas Symphony, he recorded Shostakovich’s Festive Overture and accompanied the DSO on their 1999 Carnegie Hall Tour. After SMU, Jeff moved to New York City where he earned his M.M. in Trombone Performance from The Juilliard School of Music. His teachers were Donald Harwood and Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic. Other teachers include Randall Hawes, Darren McHenry, Michael Mulcahy, Steve Norrell and Charles Vernon.