Jeff LaRochelle

Musician/Composer/Educator

LaRochelle plays...with spontaneity and musicality.
— The WholeNote (Tiina Kiik)
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Jeff LaRochelle is a saxophonist and clarinetist, composer, and educator who is quickly emerging as an established artist in the Toronto music scene. He has studied under musicians such as Don Palmer, Mark Promane, Pat LaBarbera, Bruce Cassidy, and Jim Lewis. Jeff attended the Banff Centre's Creative Music Workshop in 2011 where he was able to work with artists such as Dave Douglas, Donny McCaslin, Steve Lehman, and the contemporary jazz group Kneebody, and has been a Musician-in-Residence there in 2013 and 2015.

Jeff has performed throughout Canada including in festivals such as the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, and the Ottawa Jazz Festival. Internationally, he has performed throughout Europe and in South Korea. He has had the chance to work with many renowned musicians including Chris Potter, Terence Blanchard, Danilo Perez, Brian Blade, John Patitucci, Pat LaBarbera, David Occhipinti, Geoff Young, and Roberto Occhipinti among many others. Jeff is currently working on many projects as a performer and composer in Toronto, including the improvisational jazz trio Autobahn and his own quartet, among many other groups as a collaborator and a sideman.

“Multi- reedman Jeff LaRochelle has a big, brawny sound, and...emotive soloing on tenor...”
— All About Jazz (Dave Wayne)