Jeffrey Kipperman is a bassist, composer, and teacher from Yorktown Heights, NY. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Jazz Bass at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, where he also works as a teaching assistant. As a bass player, Jeff is equally comfortable in classical music, jazz, and world musics. In Miami, as a member of the Henry Mancini Orchestra, Jeff has shared the stage with some incredible musicians, including Terence Blanchard, Danilo Perez, Shelly Berg, bandoneon maestro JP Jofre, Gloria Gaynor, Lou Gramm, Geoffrey Keezer, Brian Lynch, Ky-Mani Marley, and Marc O'Conner, to name a few. As an orchestral player, Jeff has played with the top ensembles in South Florida, including the New World Symphony, Florida Grand Opera, and Miami Ballet. As a chamber musician in South Florida, he has performed with the Euclid String Quartet, as well as numerous members of the faculty of the Frost Shool of Music, including the Bergonzi String Quartet and pianists Paul Posnak and Naoko Takao. Before coming to Miami he lived in Merida, Mexico, where he worked as both a jazz and classical musician, performing all over Mexico with the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra and Sequenza Sur, a contempory chamber ensemble run by Mexican composer Javier Alvarez.
Also during his time in Merida, he performed with jazz guitarist Alberto Palomo, and can be heard on Palomo's album "Jazz Tunkul". In the area of world music, Jeff has performed with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project, sharing the stage with Yo-Yo Ma as well as a multitude of musicians from the Silk Road region, including Iranian kamancheh player and composer Kayan Kahor. While living in Boston, Jeff played acoustic and electric basses in the band of the Balian kora player Balla Tounkara, which included Israeli-American clarinetist Oran Etkin. As a composer, Jeff has writtten works for orchestra, big band, string quartet, string bass, and a variety of other chamber ensembles. He has also written a multitude of works for jazz trio and jazz quartet. Upon graduating from Brandeis University in 1999 as a performance major, Jeff was awarded the Reiner Prize in Composition. Recently, Jeff has performed with Argentinian bandoneon maestro Juan Pablo Jofre, as well as performing at the 2013 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival as a member of the Frost Jazz Nonet. Jeff continues to perform all over the south Florida area both as a sideman and a bandleader.