Jeff Stockham, soloing with the Syracuse Symphony

Jeff Stockham

Trumpeter Jeff Stockham is well-known to jazz fans in the upstate New York region. A graduate of Syracuse University and the Eastman School of Music (and a veteran of the renowned Eastman Jazz Ensemble), he is trumpeter and French hornist in Thelonius Monk Jr.'s "Monk on Monk" big band, with which he has toured Europe, Israel, and the United States several times, and with which he has performed at major international jazz festivals and concert venues with jazz luminaries such as Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Bobby Watson, Don Braden, Howard Johnson, Danilo Perez, Gerri Allen, Diane Reeves, Nnenna Frelon, Kevin Mahogany, Marcus Roberts, John Fedchock, and Joe Henderson. He has toured Europe and Africa with Chicago blues guitarist Jimmy Johnson, and has also toured as a member of the orchestra for the national touring company of Les Miserables. His other performance credits read like a Who's Who of the New York State music scene, having performed with the Central New York Jazz Orchestra, the Salt City Jazz Collective, the MK Groove Orchestra, JazzBone, the Stan Colella Orchestra, the Mario DeSantis Orchestra, Little Georgie & the Shufflin' Hungarians, Larry Arlotta, the Bearcat Jass Band, Gap Mangione, Joe Salzano & the Blue Devils, Atlas, Gap Mangione, Danny D'Imperio's Big Band Bloviation, the Syracuse Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and many others. He has backed up numerous national acts including Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra Jr., Rosemary Clooney, Aretha Franklin, Harry Connick Jr., Natalie Cole, Johnny Mathis, Al Martino, Jimmy Cavallo, Don Rickles, Jerry Vale, Leslie Gore, Shari Lewis, and many others. His current jazz sextet, The Jazz Police, is a Central New York all-star ensemble comprised of some of the top jazz musicians in the region. Jeff is also one of the few musicians worldwide to play jazz on French horn.