Jeff received his first (Silvertone) guitar for his 11th birthday. He has been playing ever since. Jeff grew up playing in rock and roll and blues bands. By the time he was in High School in Mason City, Iowa he was giving guitar lessons at the local music store. Although he bought his first John Coltrane album in 1968, he didn’t start playing jazz until he left college. Jeff grew up in Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa with a undergraduate and graduate degrees in Computer Science. He spent his career working for several companies with the longest stretches at Oracle and then his own company, ARIS. He then taught in the software engineering program at Seattle University until he retired.