Jeff Ponders II
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Jeff Ponders II

Detroit, Michigan, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2010

Detroit, Michigan, United States
Established on Jan, 2010
Solo Jazz Soul




"Jeff Ponders II to bring smooth, feel-good jazz stylings to Cliff Bell's"

Detroit-born Jeff Ponders II knows the secret to how one becomes “better than Batman,” as evidenced by his 2019 TedX Detroit talk, where he describes how he, like Bruce Wayne and his caped crusader alter ego, balances a double life. An Ivy League graduate, family man, and innovator, Ponders has helped countless companies (Walmart, Samsung, and Colgate, to name a few) take their brands to new heights. By night, however, Ponders is an accomplished saxophone-wielding musician performing smooth, smooth jazz around town and around the world. He’s performed and recorded with James Carter, Robert Glasper, Mike Phillips, Keyshia Cole, Bebe Winans, Eric Roberson, and John Legend, and has also toured as a featured soloist for the celebrated Marvin Gaye musical My Brother Marvin. - Metro Times


Still working on that hot first release.



Multi-instrumentalist/producer Jeff Ponders II has captivated audiences across the world with his provocative, soulful approach to music.

Born in Detroit, Jeff honed his skills under the tutelage of jazz masters Donald Walden, Marcus Belgrave, and Wendell Harrison. His resume includes performances and recordings with heavyweights across many genres, including James Carter, Robert Glasper, Mike Phillips, Keyshia Cole, Bebe Winans, Eric Roberson, and John Legend. Jeff toured the US as a featured soloist and a member of the Marvin Gaye Orchestra for the hit musical "My Brother Marvin”. 

Jeff is a founding member of the electrifying band HotSauceMusic, and works throughout the Midwest as an artist and teaching clinician. His exciting debut album, "Spark," is available through all digital platforms.

Jeff is a proud endorser of Penella saxophones.

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