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Jeffrey Hellmer

Director, Jazz Studies at The University of Texas at Austin

Areas of expertise

  • Jazz Performance
  • Jazz Theory
  • Jazz History and Appreciation

Major works

Jazz Theory and Practice
by Jeff Hellmer and Richard J. Lawn “Escape,”
​by Jeff Hellmer Trio, Longhorn Music “In The Thick Of It,”
​by UT Jazz Orchestra, Longhorn Music “Duke Ellington’s ‘Queenie Pie’,”
​by Carmen Bradford with UT Jazz Orchestra, Longhorn Music “Peak Moments,”
​by Jeff Hellmer Trio with Rick Margitza, Viewpoint Records

About Me

Professor Jeff Hellmer is Director of Jazz Studies and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas of Austin. A two-time finalist in the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, he has performed and taught jazz throughout the United States, and in Europe and Taiwan. His recording Peak Moments was declared an "exciting addition to the modern jazz piano catalog" by the All Music Guide. He has been a guest conductor and soloist for the Dallas Wind Symphony numerous times, and has led the UT Jazz Orchestra in appearances with many jazz masters including Kenny Garrett, Michael Brecker, and Chris Potter. He is co-author of the textbook Jazz Theory and Practice, and has published numerous compositions for jazz ensemble.

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