Hi, I’m Jeff. I play the piano. Actually, I play music on the piano; sometimes classical, often jazz, quite often salsa. I also write in these genres. And I have played a writer and player of each on TV and in the movies. I also sing, I play bass guitar, ukulele, and organ, and I direct choirs and chamber ensembles.
So, you need some more convincing? I’ve been described as having “a fresh new take on the jazz repertoire,” (L.A. Jazz Scene) and as “a very fiery, strong soloist” (Los Angeles Times Music Reviews). They say that I enjoy playing “tunes not often heard, and [my] trio swings hard together.”
I lead “The Jeff Mikusky Trio” – a group that features my original compositions and arrangements of popular jazz tunes. Click on the “Listen” tab on the top right corner of this page to hear some clips. Seriously, do it right now! I also play with other musicians. Click on the “Contact & Links” tab to go their websites – you’ll see some video clips of us making music at local nightclubs and festivals.
I earned a Master’s Degree at the University of Southern California. I got to study with founding “Yellowjackets” member Russell Ferrante – that was a pretty cool experience. My own piano and vocal students have gone on to attend such schools as USC, CSUN, the Musicians Institute, and Berklee College of Music. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in music at the California State University of Northridge, where I studied composition, arranging, performance, and improvisation. I studied arranging and improvisation at Northridge with noted pianist and composer, Matt Harris.
After graduating USC, I won the position of Music Director at a church in Anaheim. I currently direct traditional and contemporary choirs, direct chamber ensembles, perform as the vocal soloist, play piano, bass guitar, and organ for services and concerts, and carry out all of the music programming. I also compose and arrange for the various ensembles as needed.
I enjoy on camera work in addition to live playing. I worked as a musical technical director for the TV show “Boston Public,” and I appeared in the Warner Bros movie “The Majestic” starring Jim Carrey, specials for SiTV, as well as various cable television movies. I played live on camera for an episode of “The Crazy Ones,” and I appeared for the occasional episode of “Glee.” I’m a member of ASCAP. In my spare time I like riding my bicycle, snowboarding, and playing soccer. I also like to ride my Triumph Daytona on windy roads.