Michael Jeffers got his start in music when he was in high school at Maine West. He began performing with the Oakton Community College Jazz Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble at the age of 17. Jeffers quickly learned how to play 4 mallet marimba, drumset, timpani and vibes which enabled him at the age of 19 to perform with an ensmble at the legendary Carnegie Hall in New York.

 

He continued studying percussion at Oakton Community College until the age of 20 years old when he auditioned at the University of North Texas and was accepted with a full percusson scholarship to the school of music. Jeffers performed in the World Championship Drumline at UNT as well as with numerous ensembles, combos and groups. At the age of 23 he left school to pursue his passion in drumset performance.

 

Upon moving back to Chicago he needed to find away to meet musicians in Chicago and start to make connections. For two years he basically worked a day job and sat in everynight at every club he could. He was able to perform with hundreds of musicians throughout those years and he quickly began to start working with different groups throughout the city. In addition to performing he also started teaching private percussion lessons at his own studio and also at Washburn Jr. High School in Winneka, IL.

 

 

As Jeffers started performing throughout the city he noticed that the incredible talent on Chicago's jazz scene wasn't being promoted to the rest of the country. He wanted to do something that would help the music scene in Chicago compete with New York and Los Angeles so in the year 2000 he purchased the domain, ChicagoJazz.com and began writing an online magazine as well offering profile websites for musicians on the site. Within just 6 months he was getting thousands of hits on the site from all around the world.

 

 

The interest in the Chicago Jazz scene was larger than he thought so he decided to take it one step further and in 2002, with help from his frind Dan Ferris, they launched the print magazine, Chicago Jazz Magazine. Since that time every two months Chicago Jazz Magazine is published and distributed to over 300 locations in the city and suburbs. In addition his company, Chicago Jazz Publishing and Entertainment, also publishes the official program books for the city of Chicago Blues Festival and Jazz Festival.

 

In addition to publishing Chicago Jazz Publishing and Entertainment also contracts jazz groups for corporate events, festivals and weddings throughout the country through the website ChicagoJazzEntertainment.com

 

Jeffers keeps a very busy performance schedule with various groups. Currently he can be seen performing with his groups Trio One, Spiral, Golden Mean and Jaw Potato throughout the Chicagoland area.

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