JACOB JEFFRIES BAND’S LIVE RECORDING WITH SPECIAL GUEST, SUZANNA CHOFFEL (OF THE VOICE)
Thursday, November 29th
8:00pm / doors at 6:30pm
Advance general admission: $10
At the door: $15
Table of 4 reserved seats: $50
JACOB JEFFRIES, hailed “a superb singer-songwriter-keyboardist” by the OC Register, may just be the best-kept musical secret in south Florida. A Fort Lauderdale, Florida native, Jacob began playing the piano when he was 5 years old and writing original music at age 10. In 2006 Jacob formed the Jacob Jeffries Band with guitar, bass and drums forging “a four-piece from Florida fronted by the engaging, piano-bashing Jeffries…” – Q4. With Jacob on lead vocals and keys, the talented quartet create a unique musical blend of piano-driven rock and roll described by Miami Herald/Metromix as “bursting with hook-filled melodies and dramatic, instantly likable vocals,” that grab at your soul and refuse to let go which, paired with the young songwriter’s surprisingly insightful lyrics keep audiences out of their seats and singing along show after show.
Since 2006 the young, independent foursome has been getting the good word out ceaselessly writing, recording and hitting the road with four U.S. tours of the northeast, southeast and midwest, and regularly playing the Los Angeles and south Florida music scene. Some of the band’s stops on the road include appearances at the NAMM Conference for Baldwin Pianos in Anaheim, CA, BMI’s Leaf Lounge during the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT, and at SXSW for BMI’s Acoustic Brunch and the Red Gorilla Festival in Austin, TX. During these extensive tours the Jacob Jeffries Band has played alongside a range of established artists such as Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Sister Hazel, Eric Hutchinson, Dashboard Confessional, The Click Five, Vertical Horizon, Benjy Davis Project, Trevor Hall, Tim Reynolds, Sons of Bill, Priscilla Ahn, and Jennifer Knapp.
Declared “(one) of Miami’s best and most buzzed-about independent artists, singer songwriters,” by the Miami Herald, the Jacob Jeffries Band have released a series of albums engineered and produced by Grammy Award-winning producers Sebastian Krys and Dan Warner and published by Warner Chappell. The latest album released – Waiting for the Piano Movers – Fall 2009, is a Live CD/DVD recorded at the renowned Full Sail University, one of the premier media arts schools in the world. The band’s debut recording – Life As An Extra – Spring 2008, was a more intimate recording featuring Jacob’s lyrics and voice. The second release – Wonderful – Fall 2008, bridged both albums as an electric studio recording featuring the full band. Each album is evidence of the band’s progressively richer and more complex sound, delivering heartfelt songs with the energy and precision of well-seasoned musicians.
Jacob Jeffries, considers among his musical influences Ben Folds, the Beatles, Tom Petty, Gavin Degraw and Jellyfish. When asked about how the Beatles helped shape him as a musician and songwriter he explains, “they took simple concepts, simple musical and lyrical ideas, and made them so interesting to listen to and dissect; they made me want to write songs that would get trapped in peoples heads.” Currently the band consists of Jimmy Powers V and Eric Jackowitz, preparing to hit the road again, equipped with an arsenal of new songs of their new album entitled, Tell Me Secrets, to unleash on a growing army of faithful fans.
The Jacob Jeffries Band was named 2008’s “Best Live Band & Best New Release” by the Broward-Pam Beach and Miami New Times, and were selected to perform in, and won the Florida Grammy Showcase- the Jacob Jeffries Band’s hard work and dedication have begun to pay off and south Florida’s best kept secret is getting out. As the New York Times affirmed of the south Florida musician, “it’s going to take one little person like Jacob to open doors to all those other Jacobs down there.”
Jacob Jeffries is affiliated with Warner Chappell Publishing and endorses Baldwin Pianos.
2012 has been a very good year for Austin native SUZANNA CHOFFEL. Her performance of the Fleetwood Mac classic “Landslide” on the third season of NBC-TV’s wildly popular The Voice landed her a place on Blake Shelton’s team. And with it came an outpouring of praise from fans and media from all around the world. Rolling Stone called her “the most intriguing” contestant on the show.
Earlier in the year her song, “Stumble,” was selected in the Top 3 in the Performance category by The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) marking the second time that Suzanna has won an ISC Award. In 2008, her song, “Hey Mister” caputured First Place honors in the Triple A category.
Ms. Choffel first gained national attention when she became the unwitting subject of the controversial docu-drama, Catfish. Choffel appears in the film peforming via a YouTube clip of her performance of the Doc Watson classic, “Tennessee Stud.”
“Stumble,” with its chill out production reminiscent of 90’s trip hop can be heard on Choffel’s most recent album, Steady Eye Shaky Bow, which received high praise in her home state of Texas. The Austin American Statesman called it a “record of shimmering soul,” and the Austin Chronicle declared it “sultry and soulful, bubbling with sizzling eclectic pop.” The album also features the regional hit, “Raincloud,” a song infused with the flavor of New Orleans with backing by Big Sam’s Funky Nation — its video has been viewed on YouTube more than half a million times.
Produced by Danny Reisch, Steady Eye Shaky Bow consists of 10 elegant tracks, each an intricate, lush blend of catchiness and depth that Suzanna likes to call indie-soul-pop. It’s as fitting a term as any to describe the blue-eyed charmer’s dusky vocal delivery.
Influenced by women as diverse as Erykah Badu and Edie Brickell, with echoes of Feist and even a little Dusty, Suzanna writes upbeat melodies but wraps them around fearless examinations of the emotional complexities inherent in relationships. Some of these melodies carry delightful reminders of what’s come before: a little girl-group reference here, a little Stax or Motown flavoring there. Petula Clark and Lulu would be at home next to Suzanna. But there’s an earthiness, too: a sprinkle of what Choffel calls “a dark grit,” blues-colored, to be exact. And though her subject matter might reflect uncertainty, the confidence in her voice is unmistakable.