Multi-instrumentalist Jeff Stockham holds a B.M. in Horn from Syracuse University and a M.M. in Horn from the Eastman School of Music. A veteran of the renowned Eastman Jazz Ensemble, Jeff is one of the few musicians worldwide to play jazz on French horn. One of Upstate NY’s first-call freelancers, he is a charter member of the Central New York Jazz Orchestra and has performed and recorded with many regional musical mainstays, including the Salt City Jazz Collective, the Stan Colella Orchestra, Little Georgie & the Shufflin’ Hungarians, and the Bearcat Jazz Band. He has backed up numerous national acts including Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra Jr., Rosemary Clooney, Aretha Franklin, and Harry Connick, Jr.; toured with the national company of Les Misérables, Chicago blues guitarist Jimmy Johnson, Thelonius Monk, Jr.’s “Monk on Monk” big band, and the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band. He is leader and solo E-flat cornetist of the award-winning Excelsior Cornet Band, a recreated Civil War brass band, and is solo E-flat cornetist of the 47th PA Regimental Band, President Lincoln’s Own Band (appearing in the Steven Spielberg film “Lincoln”), the Federal City Brass Band (appearing in the Emmy-winning Netflix series “House of Cards”), and was an historical consultant on several other films. He is Instructor of Jazz Trumpet at Hamilton College, Le Moyne College, and Colgate University, Visiting Lecturer of Trumpet at Cornell University, and Instructor of French Horn and Jazz Trumpet at Syracuse University. He is an avid collector of antique instruments, with over two hundred in his collection.
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