Jeff Kazee

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Jeff Kazee is a longtime pianist/vocalist/songwriter and Hammond B3 organist for the legendary Rock/Soul band "Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes". He has also worked extensively with "Bon Jovi" and "Jon Bon Jovi" (solo).[1]

Kazee hosts a concert series at The Cutting Room in New York City under the name of kazeedigs—featuring shows dedicated to the songs "in Heavy Rotation on Jeff Kazee's turntable, 8-Track player, and iPod." The first two shows were titled "Greats Of The 88's" and "Soulsville, NYC: Stax Rides The Subway." The shows featured such NYC-based Artists as John Conte, Rich Pagano, G.E. Smith, Southside Johnny, Craig Dreyer, Neal Pawley, Jack Morer, Shawn Pelton, Jeffrey Lee Campbell, Tony Tino, Chris Anderson, Art Hays, Christine Ohlman and Billy Joel saxman Mark Rivera.

Jeff released the album No River in 1998.

Family[edit]

Raised in Lima, Ohio. Married, with two daughters and resides in New York City, NY.

Collborations[edit]

A few of the many Artists that Kazee has worked with are Southside Johnny, Bon Jovi, Chocolate Genius, Dar Williams, The Blues Brothers, G.E. Smith, Gavin DeGraw, and has occasionally filled in for Paul Shaffer on the Late Show with David Letterman. Kazee's presence as a keyboardist/vocalist/arranger has been seen and heard in "house bands" for many Special Events, backing such stars as James Taylor, The Band's Levon Helm, Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer and Snoop Dogg, among others.

Has performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Today Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Oprah, VH1, Larry King Live, CBS This Morning, Austin City Limits, MTV: Unplugged & numerous other Talk/Music shows, Award shows and Specials.

In 2008/09, Kazee wrote and produced the theme song for Madison Square Garden's "Garden Of Dreams Foundation"—MSG's charitable arm that "serves kids in crisis." Kazee shared the lead vocals with Robert Randolph on the original composition "Give Some More," which is featured every night at each New York Knicks, Rangers and Lady Liberty home games at "The Garden" in New York City.

In 2009, Jeff joined Fab Faux drummer Rich Pagano and Asbury Juke bassist John Conte in an ongoing side project performing music selected from Elton John's Trio Years ('70-'72), entitled: Early Elton.

In 2010, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes released "Pills and Ammo" with most of the songs co-written by John Lyon and Jeff Kazee.

In 2010, Kazee (again under the auspices of Kazeedigs) performed two shows celebrating the re-issue of the Rolling Stones' "Exile on Main Street." The first performance was held at the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey ("Exile on Ocean Avenue".) The show was repeated later in New York City at The Canal Room ("Exile on Canal Street".) Among others joining Kazee onstage was Southside Johnny.

In February 2013, with (Southside) John Lyon, Kazee wrote and produced the debut album of Southside Johnny and The Poor Fools entitled "Songs From The Barn."

Bon Jovi[edit]

In July 2010, Kazee and other members of the Asbury Jukes joined Bon Jovi onstage at Blossom Music Center (Cleveland) for a performance of the popular song "Treat Her Right."

Kazee filled in for David Bryan on keyboards and vocals for night 5 of Bon Jovi's 2010 London O2 Arena Residency as Bryan was absent to attend The Tony Awards in NYC where his musical MEMPHIS was nominated for eight Tonys, winning four in total.

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