Aside from the university degrees listed above, Jeff studied piano and composition privately with Sam Bellardo, Uri Caine, Tom Lawton, Al Stauffer and Jim McNeely. He was also a student of McNeely and Manny Albam at the BMI Jazz Composer's Workshop. Jeff is a recipient of the Eubie Blake Scholarship, Bernard Peiffer Jazz Piano Award for Excellence, Creativity, and Dedication to Jazz Piano and a 2004 BCCC Cultural Incentive Grant. Jeff’s quartet recordings of original compositions, ‘Useful Music’ (2005) and ‘Pretty Melodies, for people who dig that sort of thing’ (2013) have garnered praise from the Philadelphia Inquirer and various independent jazz websites and magazines. Jeff has had several transcription and analysis essays published in DownBeat magazine. Among these include solos by Dave Douglas, Uri Caine, Tomasz Stanko with Dave Holland, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, and John Zorn. Besides his teaching responsibilities, Jeff is also active in Cultural Programming. Over the past few semesters he has organized master classes and concerts by Vijay Iyer, Dave Douglas, Uri Caine, and John Abercrombie among many others and currently serves on the Cultural Advisory Group.
In 2014, Jeff was commissioned to compose a jazz suite for ten musicians commemorating BCCC's 50th anniversary. The piece, called ‘Portraits from the Pub’ premiered on October 11th, 2014. A DVD studio recording of the work is being planned. Most recently, his piece “OK, Now What” was included in the Philadelphia Real Book, published February 2017. Jeff has been teaching at BCCC since 2003.