Who were some of Jeff's influences?
Jeff's diverse musical tastes and eclectic performances were reflective of his myriad of influences. Jeff went through "absorption periods,"
like Picasso had color and style periods. Some artists who left an impression on Jeff included Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Edith Piaf, Judy Garland, Nina Simone, MC5, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Led Zeppelin, Rush, Genesis, Weather Report, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Patti Smith, The Cocteau Twins, Elvis Costello, Lou Reed, Merle Haggard, Aretha Franklin, The Pixies, David Bowie, Sebadoh, Stevie Wonder and Louis Armstrong.
An early "guitar chops" hero was Al Dimeola. Also high on his list were Jimi Hendrix and Robert Johnson, as well as Joe Pass. Songwriting influences included Joni Mitchell, Carole King and Bob Dylan. Jeff's vocal style was greatly influenced by Nusrat Ali Fateh Ali Khan, as well as Mahalia Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald, Robert Plant and Freddie Mercury.
01 Aug 1998
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