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Saxophonist Jeff Rupert is a YAMAHA performing artist and has performed and recorded with the likes of Diane Schuur, Mel Tormé, Kevin Mahogany, Ernestine Anderson and Benny Carter’s Grammy-winning Harlem Renaissance album. Rupert toured for fifteen years with Sam Rivers and recorded four albums in that time. He also toured and recorded with Maynard Ferguson for a number of years.

​Rupert has performed at world-renowned venues like the Blue Note, Birdland, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Tokyo Forum, the National concert hall of Taipei, Taiwan, and jazz festivals in Europe, Israel, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

​As a composer and arranger, Rupert has written for Bob Berg, James Moody, Maynard Ferguson, Kenny Drew Jr, Kevin Mahogany and Judy Carmichael. Rupert has produced four big band albums for the Flying Horse Big Band, all featuring original compositions and arrangements. Rupert’s latest release, Imagination, is a collaboration with pianist Richard Drexler.

Rupert is Pegasus Distinguished Professor, Trustee Endowed Chair, and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida (UCF). He’s also the founder of Flying Horse Records.

The Band

Jeff Rupert — Tenor/Alto Saxophone

Per Danielsson — Piano

Bobby Koelble — Guitar

Richard Drexler — Bass

Marty Morell — Drums


Jeff Rupert has a classic tenor sound, the virtuosity to execute practically any musical idea, and the imagination to make those ideas worth hearing.
Ed Berger
Institute of Jazz Studies
“Jeff Rupert, he is dynamite!”
Mel Torme
“From the moment I first heard Jeff Rupert with my band I considered him one of the great jazz players of today.”
Maynard Ferguson
“Rupert is just the kind of soloist needed to spur a band on to heroic heights.”
George Kanzler
Music Critic, The Star Ledger


  • Alice Tully Hall
  • Aruba Jazz Festival
  • The Blue Note
  • Chicago Blues Festival
  • The Guinness Jazz Festival, Cork Ireland
  • The Jazz Standard
  • Jamaica Jazz Festival
  • The Kennedy Center
  • Jubileums Blues Festival, Hamar, Norway
  • Lucerne Jazz Festival
  • Montreaux Jazz Festival
  • Pori Jazz Festival, Finland
  • The Tokyo Forum


  • Maynard Ferguson
  • Sam Rivers
  • Mel Tormé
  • Diane Schuur
  • Benny Carter
  • Ernestine Anderson
  • Kevin Mahogany
  • Benny Green
  • Ray Drummond
  • Joe Farnsworth
  • Ronnie Burrage
  • T-Bone
  • Kenny Drew Jr.
  • Judy Carmichael


  • Yahama Performing Artist