Jeff LaRochelle is a saxophonist and clarinetist, composer, and educator who recently finished his Bachelor of Contemporary Music degree at Humber College’s renowned music program. At Humber, he studied under musicians such as Don Palmer, Mark Promane, Pat LaBarbera, Bruce Cassidy, and David Occhipinti. He received awards for excellence such as the Douglas Richards Memorial Award and the Duke Ellington Society Scholarship.
He has also studied with clarinetist Dick Thomson and saxophonists Kelly Jefferson, Mike Murley, and Donny McCaslin. Jeff has had the opportunity to perform with artists such as Chris Potter, Terence Blanchard, Peter Appleyard, Pat LaBarbera, Neil Swainson, Alex Dean, Geoff Young, and Jim Lewis, Don Thompson, and Kieran Overs, among many others.
Jeff has performed throughout Canada including tours in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, in festivals such as the Toronto Jazz Festival and the Ottawa Jazz Festival. Internationally, Jeff has had the chance to perform throughout Europe and in South Korea.
Jeff is currently working on many creative projects in Toronto including his own, the jazz/chamber crossover Origins Ensemble, the improvisational trio Autobahn, and the collaborative modern jazz quartet Roarshaq. He also has worked with a diverse spectrum of local groups and artists such as the Andrew McAnsh Quintet, Anna Atkinson, Toronto Jazz Orchestra, Tropical Punch, Nick Scott Quartet, Phill Albert Quintet, Brad Cheeseman Group, Les Petits Nouveaux, Michael Brooker's MB10, Mike Field Quintet, and Big Rude Jake, among many others.