Jeff Usher has been working as a professional pianist for more than twenty years, and has earned a reputation as Queensland's leading exponent of Jazz and Blues. He is also highly regarded as a Composer, Arranger, Teacher, vocalist and Music Consultant.
He has worked extensively throughout Australia and abroad both as a solo performer and as a combo player.
Born in Ipswich Queensland, Jeff showed a keen interest in music from a very early age, commencing piano lessons at the age of six. In 1985 Jeff graduated with Honours in jazz studies from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, becoming the first blind person to graduate from this institution. In 1998, he received a Graduate Certificate in Music studies from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.
Jeff has specialised in most areas of jazz and blues, also having a
wealth of experience in many forms of popular and alternative music
such as rock-n-roll, funk, soul, Latin, gospel, country, folk, fusion
and dub. Jeff is an expert in music composition and arrangement, and
here too his abilities are not merely limited to jazz but range over
many genres of music.
Jeff has numerous album releases to his credit, and is currently working
on several new projects.
Between 1986 and 1994 Jeff led his own group, Jeff Usher's Jazz Unit, which featured some of Brisbane's finest young musicians playing Jeff's arrangements of his original compositions, and classic works such as the music of Thelonious Monk. The Jazz Unit now reforms to perform for special occasions.
Since 1995, Jeff has worked extensively with Larry Cook and the Blues
Masters, playing Blues classics, originals and recording two albums
with this award-winning artist.
Jeff has travelled overseas several times, his international experience
includes performances and master classes in France, Indonesia and South
Jeff currently lectures in Song-writing, arranging, Piano and Jazz Ensemble at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, also teaching music on a private basis, specialising in Piano, Keyboards, and Improvisation for all major instruments.
Jeff's best Jazz compositions include
Jeff's best Blues songs include
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