Born and raised in Greenwich Village, the heart of New York City’s music scene, Jeff Koch started playing electric bass when he was 12 years old. He then began studying upright bass one year later at the Berkeley Carroll High School with Adam Bernstein. Since then, he’s been playing in and around NYC as a jazz and rock bassist.

In high school, Jeff participated in the Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Band competition for 4 years, and the Essentially Ellington competition for 3 years. He received the outstanding musicianship award, and judges’ choice award twice. Jeff also participated in the Boston Bass Bash in 2006 at the New England Conservatory, and the Berklee 5 week summer program in 2007.

During high school, Jeff was also in the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, led by guitarist/arranger David O’Rourke. The JSYO performed weekly at one of NYC’s best jazz venues, the jazz standard. Even though the program was for middle and high school students, Jeff continued to work with the program throughout college by giving clinics for small and large ensembles, performing as a guest soloist, and being the assistant director from 2008-2009.

In the last year, he has performed at some of the country’s most prestigious venues including the Iridium Jazz Club, The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, the San Jose Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Cornelia Street Café, and Catalina’s (in Hollywood) to name a few. He has had the honor to share the stage with incredible musicians including Bob Mintzer, Henry Cole, Brad Shepik, Tim Ries, and Mark Whitfield.

Jeff currently attends Manhattan School of Music where he will graduate in the spring of 2011 with a bachelor’s of music in jazz bass performance. Some of Jeff’s teachers include: Jay Anderson, John Lockwood, Justin DiCioccio, Phil Markowitz, Chris Rosenberg, Harvie S, and Garry Dial.