No Cover // Show: 7:30pm
After an impromptu session, it was apparent there was a musical connection between the players who would become Socrates’ Trial.
Band members acquired their individual skills and techniques from early experiences across the country before their paths crossed in Los Angeles. Members of Socrates’ Trial have performed with: Jacob Collier, Charlie Puth, Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy), Bob Mintzer, and played on NBC’s “The Voice”. Pifher’s original compositions were inspired by the sounds of both classical and jazz legends as well as his desire to transform rhythms into melodies that tell a story. The influence of rock, pop, and even classical sounds on band members, combined with jazz roots as reflected in extended improvisations result in an expressive yet cohesive playing style that makes for a memorable and entertaining audience experience. Jeff Pifher And Socrates’ Trial is set to be released summer of 2018. More information can be found at jeffpifher.com
Jeff attended the Eastman School of Music (B.M., ’07) where he studied jazz saxophone with Walt Weiskopf and classical saxophone with Chien-Kwan Lin. After completing his degree, Jeff became a full time production assistant and stage manager at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Returning to academia, he received his master of music degree in jazz performance (M.M., ‘11) from the elite Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. While in Miami he studied jazz saxophone with Gary Keller and jazz piano with Whit Sidner. Jeff has also studied with Jason Goldman and Russell Ferrante (Yellowjackets) In 2015 Jeff received a certificate in arts entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California.