Jeff Haas Quintet

Jeff Haas Quintet

 Traverse City, Michigan, USA
BandJazz

Since its inception in 1996, the Jeff Haas Quintet with featured performers Marcus Belgrave, Miri Ben-Ari and Rob Smith have performed throughout the midwest and east coast to rave reviews at colleges, performing arts centers and festivals. Lots of variety, great energy and engaging original music.

Biography

Haas has received national acclaim for his over 130 original compositions that combine his passion for jazz, R & B, classical and ethnic music. Hass has received 6 major commisions including Chamber Music America fellowship, Detroit 300 and New England Conservatory Chamber Music Festival. Growing up in Detroit, Haas internalized the music of Motown, Marcus Belgrave and the Detroit jazz greats, the DSO and music of the synasgogue where his dad was organist. Haas's music voted top ten jazz album of the year by the Albuquerque Journal. The Pittsburgh Tribune called it, "A marvelous blend of [Hebrew] folk music and jazz. Four stars!" Genre Magazine wrote, "The richness of Hebrew folk music refreshingly sifted through a hip jazz sensibility for a totally swinging kaleidoscope of magical musical moments." The Dallas Morning News described Jeff's music as "swinging Hebrew folk jazz and you don't have to be Jewish to dig it!" Dave Brubeck said, "In combining these great musical traditions, [Haas] has created a soulful music that transcends ethnic barriers. I congratulate him and his colleagues for their fine playing." Free Press's Mark Stryker called Haas' music, "extending backward to his familial and religious roots and extended forward to his burgeoning career as a jazz musician┬Ěhis blend of Jewish music and jazz offers a path lit with originality." Iconoclast jazz master Ahmad Jamal praised Jeff for "the depth of his compositional effort and the admirable use of the universal language of music."

Discography

LaDor VaDor - Generation to Generation with Marvin Kahn
The Creation with Marcus Belgrave, Marvin Kahn, Rob Smith
The Bridge Lives with Marcus Belgrave, Miri Ben-Ari, Rob Smith
Jazz at Sunset with Maqrcus Belgrave, Jim Cooper, Rob Smith
Rhythm of Life with Marcus Belgrave, Rom Smith, Marion Hayden
Jazz at Sunset LIVE with Claudia Schmidt, Jim Cooper, Bill Sears
Age of Confluence with Phoenix Ensemble String Quartet