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Jeff Fairbanks

Omar Sosa

JEFF FAIRBANKS’ PROJECT HANSORI, NYC-based 17-piece Jazz orchestra, plays the original Asian folk-influenced music of award-winning composer Jeff Fairbanks. The band’s eagerly awaited debut album “Mulberry Street”, which won grants from both the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and the American Music Center, is now available from Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records. The album features Linda Oh, Fred Ho, Remy LeBeouf, Erica von Kleist, and Sebastian Noelle among a cast of 22 of New York’s top Jazz musicians. In Jeff’s unique blend of Asian folk music and modern Jazz, traditional Asian instruments join the big band on much of the tracks, and on certain live performances. Grammy-nominee Darcy Argue produced the recording sessions. Hansori means “one sound” in Korean, and depicts Fairbanks’ vision of combining music of different cultures into one setting.

COMPOSER: Jeff Fairbanks has won a number of highly competitive awards for composing, including the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, BMI Charlie Parker Award, runner-up for the IAJE Gil Evans Fellowship, and recognition from the NY Youth Symphony. He has won seven grants, from the Queens Council on the Arts, the American Music Center, and LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. Jeff’s music has been performed at the Montreux, Vienne, Umbria, and North Sea Jazz festivals, Merkin Concert Hall, and at IAJE conferences, among other venues.

PERFORMER: Fairbanks is also a seasoned performer on trombone, having played with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Carnival Cruise Lines, Busch Gardens, Wito Rodriguez, and many others. He has toured in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and throughout the U.S.

BACKGROUND: Fairbanks is a native of South Florida. After earning a Master degree in Jazz Composition from USF in 2005, he moved to New York to join the BMI Jazz Composer Workshop under Jim McNeely. Now, in addition to leading and writing for Project Hansori, Jeff freelances as a composer and performer, and lives in Queens with his wife and two children.