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About me:
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.

Jeff Rzepiela's Blog

Larry McKenna Transcription

I have added a transcription of Larry McKenna's solo on "Out Of Nowhere" to my website:

Posted on August 8, 2013 at 1:09am

Stan's solo on Yardbird Suite

I have added a transcription of Stan Getz's solo on Yardbird Suite to my website:


Posted on June 2, 2012 at 6:10pm

Al Cohn Transcription

I have added Al Cohn's solo on "Tenor Conclave" to my website:

I've transcribed all four soloists on "Tenor Conclave". I will add one new solo per week -- up next is John Coltrane.


- Scooby

Posted on March 13, 2011 at 1:44pm

Tenor Conclave Transcriptions

I have transcribed all four soloists playing Tenor Conclave. These solos are an excellent way to learn four different approaches to "I Got Rhythm" changes. This week I have added Zoot Sims's solo to my website:

I will add one new solo per week -- up next is Al Cohn.


- Scooby

Posted on March 3, 2011 at 2:00am — 3 Comments

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At 9:41pm on September 9, 2008, Bev Getz said…
Hey Jeff!
Glad you joined us here! Looking forward to hearing your tracks up as well!


My Best,

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