Biography

 

Dave Jeffrey profile Dave Jeffrey started playing drums at the age of 12, and as an 18 year old freshman in college, released a Top 40 hit record "You Rule Me" with his rock band, the Cornerstones.

While at the University of North Dakota he began playing and studying jazz and graduated with a BSPA degree.  He then moved to Tucson and attended the University of Arizona on a full music scholarship.

While living in Tucson he had the opportunity to play with many visiting well-known jazz musicians including Mose Allison, Laurindo Almeida, Joshua Breakstone, Richie Cole, Tal Farlow and Dickie Thompson.  He has played steadily over the years with some of Tucson's finest bandleaders including Mickey Greco, Jeff Haskell, Darryl Hinson, Dale Norris, Cass Preston and Dayna Wagner.

Dave became quite well known for his proficiency in playing a wide variety of musical genres.  Playing Rock and Pop he backed The Coasters, The Drifters, Doug Kershaw, Trini Lopez, The Marvelettes, Jim Messina and The Platters.

He has played with Country music legends Mac Davis, Jimmy Dean and Johnny Lee.

In Las Vegas Dave played at the Dunes Hotel with the Russ Carlyle Orchestra and at the Four Queens Resort as part of the Dondino Show and has also backed several comedians, including Dom DeLuise, Buddy Hackett, Bob Newhart and Rip Taylor.

Along his musical journey, Dave expanded his mastery of percussion to include the vibraphone and was able to combine his knowledge and love of harmony and melody with his rhythmic skills.  For the past dozen years he has played the vibes with Louie Levinson's Bossa Rhythm Project and with the George Howard Trio that also featured Harvey Brooks on bass.

Leaving no musical genre unexplored, he played traditional Jewish music with the Los Angeles based band, The Simcha Orchestra, on their gigs in Southern Arizona, and often gets asked to play other traditional ethnic events featuring Italian and Latin American music.

Dave Jeffrey Bongos

Throughout the years, Dave has also maintained a steady teaching career giving private lessons on the drums, congas, bongos and vibraphone.

Dave recently took a two year sabbatical in New York City, where in addition to playing gigs in the city and surrounding area, studied both Latin percussion with Victor Rendón and the vibraphone with Warren Chiasson.

Dave Jeffrey now lives back in his hometown of Grand Forks, North Dakota where he teaches and performs.  With his long history and strong ties to Tucson, he returns to visit several times a year.  He still has close relationships with his former Cornerstones band members in Grand Forks where they now perform together in various venues and even occasionally get together for some nostalgic Cornerstones reunion concerts.

~ Steve Barnett

   Tucson, Arizona