Jeff Colella is one of LA’s busiest jazz pianists. Besides performing in concert as a solo artist, with his trio and with bassist Putter Smith, he maintains a very active schedule as an accompanist, recording artist, arranger, clinician and teacher.
Jeff toured with the late, legendary Lou Rawls as his pianist and conductor for nearly sixteen years until his untimely passing in 2006. He appeared with Rawls at jazz festivals, clubs, and with orchestras throughout the U.S. and abroad. Jeff has released three prior trio recordings, “Alone Together”, “Letting Go” and “So Tender”.His compositions have also been recorded by several artists, most recently by the noted saxophonist Bob Sheppard, who performed two of Jeff’s songs on his latest CD “Close Your Eyes”. Jeff’s work as pianist and arranger can be heard on the Summit Records release “Lost In The Stars” by vocalist Deborah Shulman and trombonist Larry Zalkind, and on vocalist Judy Wexler’s latest release “What I See”. The list of artists that Jeff has performed and recorded with over the years is extensive. Besides touring worldwide for seven years with the Jazz Tap Ensemble, he has also served as Musical Director for another of our legendary singers, Jack Jones. He has also worked with Diane Schurr, Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Morgana King, Shiela Jordan, Kenny Washington, Brian Stokes Mitchell, the Bill Holman Big Band, Stacey Rowles, Larry Koonse, Bobby Shew, Bob Sheppard, Judy Wexler, Denise Donatelli, Julie Kelly, Catte Adams, the Mike Barrone Big Band, Janice Mann, Anita O’Day, Frank Potenza, Greg Poree, John Pagano, Paulette McWilliams and Miki Howard to name just a few. Jeff is currently on the faculty at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California.