Jeff Miguel soothes with soul-jazz compositions

May 26, 2016

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Iowa City-based tenor saxophonist and composer Jeff Miguel unveils the latest installment of his group, the Jeff Miguel Quartet. 

Lend an ear to the podcast below to hear Java Blend host Ben Kieffer chat with Miguel, as he plays tunes off his debut record, Perseverance. 

Jeff Miguel is a saxophonist that currently teaches and performs in Iowa City, Iowa. All About Jazz describes him as an “expressive” saxophonist, “like a seasoned veteran poised to establish himself as musician of note.”

In May of 2015, Miguel released, as a leader, his “expertly arranged” (Pulse Magazine) and “auspicious debut” (Midwest Record), Perseverance. The album features all original compositions and several talented musicians. The music has a variety of influences from John  Coltrane to Quincy Jones, yet all of the songs are filled with the vibrant energy and soul that can only come from a new emerging artist.

Miguel has taken an interest in composition and arranging of a variety of jazz styles and “focuses on melody and sophisticated chord progressions to express himself” (Little Village Magazine). He also has a passion for performance that includes a multitude of genres in addition to jazz such as R&B, Reggae, Rock, Hip-Hop, and Funk.