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Jeffrey Kaufman (1947-); USA

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Jeffrey Kaufman

Jeffrey Kaufman is a composer and a 50 year veteran of the commercial recording industry. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Manhattan School of Music as well as having studied at the Julliard School of Music majoring in Music Composition. He opened his production company KEM Enterprises, Inc. through which he has produced over 300 recordings in the areas of Classical Music, Jazz, and Instrumental Music. He has worked with: The London Symphony, The Royal Philharmonic, The English Chamber Orchestra, The Orchestra of the Radio/Television Luxembourg, The Melbourne Symphony, The Utah Symphony, The New Jersey Symphony to name but a few.

In the early 1970’s he became Music Director for the renowned Richie Havens for which he wrote, arranged and co-produced various projects. He has also worked with renowned soloists in the areas of Classical Music and Jazz including: Art Blakey, The Brecker Brothers, Dave Valentin, Maureen McGovern. His classical-crossover hit SYMPHONIC ELVIS produced in cooperation with Graceland and the Memphis Symphony and released by Teldec/Warner Brothers as well as HOOKED ON BAROQUE (one in the series Hooked on Classics) and released by RCA/BMG Records; remain amongst the best selling recordings in the genre.

In the early 80s he traveled extensively producing the first digital recordings in Poland, The Czech and Slovak Republics, Hungary and the former East Germany. He created and launched the first series of Budget Classics in the 1980s under the title BLACK PEARL label and is currently involved with his PHOENIX USA label devoted to 20/21st century classical music emphasizing American composers and performers.

In conjunction with his friend and colleague conductor/producer Ettore Stratta, he has been involved in many live concert productions produced at Carnegie Hall. These productions include: "Tribute to Stephane Grappelli" featuring Yo Yo Ma, The Julliard String Quartet, Michelle Legrand; "Tribute to The Nicolas Brothers" featuring Lena Horne, Bobby Short and Savion Glover; "Tribute to Jobim" featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim. "An Evening of Accapella" featuring The Manhattan Transfer and Al Jarreau.

Under the auspices of Absolut Vodka, several productions were created including the 5 year series ABSOLUT CONCERTO through which he commissioned works by some of America's most outstanding composers including: John Adams, Aaron Jay Kernis, Michael Torke, Morton Gould, Ned Rorem, David Diamond, William Bolcom, and Richard Danielpour which were presented at Lincoln Center's Philharmonic Hall with The New Jersey Symphony, The American Symphony Orchestra and The Orchestra of Saint Lukes, as well as ABSOLUT JOFFREY which featured newly commissioned dance works featuring the world famous Joffrey Ballet.

Mr. Kaufman has been the recipient of awards and grants from The New York State Council on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Alice Ditson Fund for Music, The Aaron Copland Fund, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund, Meet the Composer as well as three Grammy nominations. He is a 50 year member of ASCAP and has served as a Governor for The National Academy of Recorded Arts and Sciences where he organized a major conference focusing on the subject of "Downloadable Audio over the Internet" featuring: Microsoft, Intel, At&T, ASCAP, BMI, the RIAA, Real Audio,, and Cdnow as well as being responsible for the creation of the Grammy category “Best Classical Crossover”.

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