Guitarist Jeff Massanari was born in Goshen,Indiana and moved to Washington DC at age 9. Exposed to the vibrant music scene of Washington, Jeff sought out the guitar and began playing at age 13. By the time he was 17 he was performing and teaching jazz and blues in the Washington DC area.
Jeff’s love of jazz took him from DC to Boston’s Berklee School of Music. After studying performance and composition, Jeff moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and quickly became one of the most in-demand guitarists.
Jeff has performed with many of the San Francisco Bay Area’s premier artists including vocalists Paula West, Brenda Boykin, Denise Perrier, Nicolas Bearde, Kenny Washington, and Pamela Rose, and instrumentalists Wally Schnalle, Jeff Pittson, Charles McNeil, Vince Lateano, Noel Jewkes, Charlie McCarthy, and Jeff Chambers.
In addition to performing with his own groups, Jeff regularly plays with The Johnny Nocturne Band, The Murasaki Ensemble, Swing Fever, and countless other musicians in the Jazz, Blues, and World music genres.
Jeff has performed at Yoshi’s, Pearl’s, Davies Symphony Hall, San Jose Jazz Festival, Fillmore Jazz Festival, North Beach Jazz Festival, and the Sausalito Arts Festival. Internationally Jeff has performed in Japan, Sweden, Finland, Guam, and Italy at the Umbria Jazz Festival.
He has released five CDs as a leader. The latest, ”Groovework” is available on CDBABY.
Jeff has taught at U.C. Berkeley, The Jazz School, Jazz Camp West, Bruce Forman’s Jazzmaster series, and Blue Bear Music School.