Known for his multi-instrumental, voice, and production skills, Jef has accompanied,many artists including Lesley Gore, Lou Christie, The Crystals, Martha Reeves, Danny and the Juniors, The Coasters, Little Eva, Freddy "Boom-Boom" Cannon, Archie Bell, Fabian, Billy J. Kramer, The Tokens, Alex Chilton and Wolfman Jack and his Midnight Special Rock and Roll Revival Road Show. He is currently a part of the Neo-Depression Jazz music revival of Detroit.
His formative years were spent playing with a collection of great jazz musicians around Detroit (including the legendary Joe Messina and Ralph Armstrong). Early in his career, he replaced bassist Jervonny Collier as a member of Shivers, a band from Detroit signed to A&M Records in the 1980s which played all around Michigan and Canada. During this period, he was also an on-call session player at Cloudborne, Ron Rose and Producers Color Service Studios. He took part in the early recordings and productions of the songwriting team of Michael King and Gary Nester. Jef also has continued his enthusiasm of the Rudy Van Gelder tradition of music recording. He maintains a splendid home studio that looks out at Lake St.Clair which has served as a continuing songwriting workshop for Stax Records legend Sir Mack Rice and other old time bues and jazz legends of Detroit (Ron English, Faruq Z.Bey, Wendell Harrison, Johnnie Bassett, Rev. Robert Jones, RJ Spangler)
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