Jeff Troxel blends into diverse musical roles the way a chameleon blends into its surrounding environment. An award-winning musician who easily crosses musical boundaries, he is, in equal parts, a jazz and flatpicking guitarist, songwriter, singer, composer, educator, and recording engineer. And he not only wears all these hats, but wears them well, as is evidenced by his numerous accomplishments and awards.
Some of these include:
- Earning a bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music (summa cum laude)
- A master’s degree from the University of Southern California
- Induction into the national music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda
- Twice being awarded the Performing Arts Fellowship in composition from the Wyoming Arts Council
- Winning state flatpicking championships in both Wyoming and Utah
- Winning the national flatpicking championship at the Walnut Valley Music festival in Winfield, Kansas
- Earning recognition for his songwriting from the John Lennon Song Contest and IBMA
- Jeff has performed with many notable artists in a diversity of styles, including Bobby Shew, Sunny Wilkinson, Frank Mantooth, Jack Reilly, Chuck Pyle, Pete Huttlinger, Warren Chiasson, Brian Wicklund, Matt Flinner, Ronnie Bedford, Mike Dowling, Chris Merz and James Naughton. In the past few years he’s been collaborating with fiddler Trevor Krieger, along with an array of jazz musicians in various configurations. He typically plays over a hundred dates a year.
Rising from the Plains was recorded in Los Angeles with USC’s premier jazz ensemble ELF under the direction of Shelly Berg. Jeff was the guitarist and main composer for the group as a grad student, and this recording is a collection of his original compositions arranged for five horns and six rhythm section players.
Glynfiddle, a collaboration with violinist Randy Tracy and bassist Ralph Sappington, is a collection of traditional Scottish and Irish fiddle tunes.
November Sidewalk was Jeff’s first singer/songwriter recording project featuring original songs along with some traditional flatpicking tunes. This was also his debut as a recording and mixing engineer. Guest musicians include Gordon Burt and Ben Winship.
Dancing in the Flame picks up where November Sidewalk left off. Guest artists include his old Berklee friend Pete Huttlinger, and fiddler Trevor Krieger.
Spirit of our Time is a collaborative project with Trevor Krieger featuring original and traditional music, along with arrangements of songs by Lennon/McCartney and Kat Goldman.
The Next Project is not yet ready to be defined, but is always in the works, and will doubtless bring enormous challenges and rewards, along with exciting musical partnerships.