Erica Lindsay - Tenor Saxophone
Francesca Tanksley - Piano
Tim Strong - vocal (on "Peaceful")
Danton Boller - Acoustic Bass
Jeff "Siege" Siegel - Drums
JEFF "SIEGE" SIEGEL - drums, percussion, composition
Drummer/Composer Jeff “Siege” Siegel is a veteran of
the New York Jazz Scene and has worked with a virtual
“who’s who” of artists. A member of the Sir Roland
Hanna Trio from 1994-‘99, Siegel’s diverse career has
also led him to perform and/or record with legends
such as Ron Carter, Kenny Burrell, Jack DeJohnette,
Benny Golson, Frank Foster, Shiela Jordan, Helen
Merrill, Mose Allison and many more. He has also
performed and/or recorded with the younger
generation of musicians such as Dave Douglas, Stefon
Harris, Kurt Elling, Ravi Coltrane, Ryan Kisor and
Steve Turre. He has worked in the avant garde world
as well with Wadada Leo Smith, Baikida Carroll and
others. He is co-leader of the Stevens, Siegel &
Ferguson Trio as well as The New York Trio Project.
Siegel has been described in Jazz World Magazine as a
“brilliant drummer”, while lauded in Modern Drummer
for his “forward energy and abundantly attractive ideas
”. “His playing is always tasteful whether it be in
forceful, intense situations or in quiet, supporting roles
. His writing is intriguing” notes the Green Mountain
Jazz Messenger. An active educator, Siegel teaches
Jazz drumming at the State University of New York at
New Paltz as well as at Western Connecticut State
University. He has performed clinics throughout
Europe and the United States. He holds a Masters
Degree in Jazz from Queens College where he studied
composition with Jimmy Heath and has subsequently
been the recipient of several grants from Meet the
Composer. He is an endorser for Vic Firth Drumsticks.
His new CD “Magical Spaces” featuring his quartet can
be heard on the CAP Record label.
“...Magical Spaces" is the kind of CD that you want to listen to over and over. Jeff's musicality is incredible. He is so tasty as a percussionist and he has become a fine composer/arranger with a good melodic concept and harmonic depth. The group performance is remarkable.”
-- Jimmy Heath
1. The sound of the music 2. The sound of the musicianship. 3. The sound of the music on the CD.
--- Ron Carter
"Jeff Siegel’s new CD, Magical Spaces, is a musical offering that emphasizes not only Jeff’s fine drumming skills but displays his compositional talent as
--- Jack DeJohnette
"One of last year’s most blissful releases has to be “Magical Spaces” by Jeff ‘Siege’ Siegel."
--- Jos Demol, Jazzmozaiek, Belgium
" Siegel and his compatriots found a field full of spaces and grew a garden of simple beauty and infinite color."
--- J. Hunter, Albanyjazz.com
" Keeping the straight-ahead flame alive, Jeff Siegel propels his quartet dynamically on this program of fresh originals. He's captured the essence of mainstream quartet "magic" through his use of the same basic elements that drove the John Coltrane Quartet: improvisation and emotion bed together with a proven mix of melody, harmony, and rhythm... It's not just "magic" on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Siegel's Straght-Ahead session merits at least 5 stars.
--- Jim Santella, Cadence
" Mr. Siegel's compositional talents and tasteful drumming will leave many listeners wanting more...
--- John Patten, Jazz Improv
The Jeff "Siege" Siegel Quartet is the recent winner of the "Honorable Mention" Award in the 2005 International Songwriting Competition. The song "Rag Tag" by Jeff Siegel was chosen as a finalist in the "Performance" category. The live recording of "Rag Tag" was from a Radio Concert for Radio Bremen in March, 2005. This song will be featured on the upcoming cd "Live in Europe".