[ Jazz ]

Jeff Fuller

An integral part of the Connecticut, New York, and international jazz scenes, bassist and composer Jeff Fuller is a sought-after performer and teacher with vast experience and expertise across musical genres and styles. Fuller has worked with such acclaimed artists as Lou Donaldson, Mose Allison, Dizzy Gillespie, “Papa” Jo Jones, Gerry Mulligan, and Clark Terry, among others. He’s a leader of the New Haven-based Brazilian jazz trio Sambeleza, has toured with ensembles led by Paquito D’Rivera, Daniel Ponce, Orlando “Puntilla” Ríos, and Hilton Ruiz, and has composed and arranged music for the salsa band Irazú, whose recordings have featured Arturo Sandoval and Tata Güines. Fuller’s arrangements, which are published by Three-Two Music Publishing, are frequently performed around the world.

Fuller has received commissions from the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and Meet the Composer and has had his music recorded by the Haven String Quartet. His first CD of original music, The Call from Within, was released in 2014. His second, Shoreline Blues, was released in May 2016.

Fuller graduated cum laude from Yale College and received his master’s degree in composition from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Bülent Arel. For many years, Fuller taught composition and jazz theory, and conducted jazz ensembles, at ACES-Educational Center for the Arts, New Haven’s arts-focused magnet high school. He teaches and leads the Premier Jazz Ensemble at the Neighborhood Music School. Fuller is part of the Yale School of Music’s Jazz Initiative, where he is an ensemble coach.