Jazz Lab Assistant Director
Jazz Ensemble II
5th Street Strutters Dixieland
Jeff Kidwell is an instructor with the University of Central Oklahoma’s School of Music in Edmond. His duties include Applied Trombone, Jazz Ensemble, Assistant Director of Jazz Studies, and Assistant Director of Jazz Lab Operations. From 1998 to 2006 Kidwell served as Assistant Director of Bands with the Edmond Public Schools; here his duties included Marching Band, Symphonic Bands, and Jazz Ensembles at the high school and middle school levels. Prior to coming to Edmond Mr. Kidwell taught in the Norman Public Schools, The University of Oklahoma, and Oklahoma City University. He is a highly sought after musician/clinician who has performed with the likes of The Temptations, The Four Tops, Pete Fountain, The Supremes, Branford Marsalis, Randy Brecker, Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Toby Keith, Wayne Newton, Vince Gill, and Amy Grant among many others. He also performs for “Lyric Theater,” “The Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra” and “The Civilized Tribe” Dixieland band. Jeff has been a musician for Norwegian Cruise Lines and played for National tours of Broadway musicals such as “Wicked”, “Peter Pan”, “Spam-A-Lot”, “The Will Rogers Follies”, and “The Color Purple”. He is a top call studio musician and functions as trombonist and arranger for one of the Southwest’s top party and show bands, “Souled Out”. Mr. Kidwell has been a featured clinician and educator throughout the Southwest including the New Mexico State Jazz Ensemble contest, the OBA-OKJE All State Jazz Ensembles, and the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute Honor Jazz Ensemble. Jeff lives in Edmond, Oklahoma with his wife Susan and their three daughters, Madeline, Gracie, and Emma Jane.
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