Dr. Joseph L. Jefferson currently serves as the Assistant Professor of Trombone/Euphonium and Director of Jazz Studies at Southeast Missouri State University. As a professional trombonist, Joseph maintains an active performance schedule as a soloist in Classical, Jazz, and commercial musical settings both nationally and internationally. Joseph has also used his expertise to serve as a guest artist, clinician, and adjudicator for both high schools and collegiate music programs throughout the United States. Recently, he served as Guest Artist at the University of Evansville Brass Day (Evansville, IN). As a scholar, Joseph has researched the Shout Band Tradition in the United House of Prayer; this research was published by ProQuest/UMI.
The breadth and depth of Joseph’s performance repertoire is evidenced in the list of engagements he held prior to moving to Missouri. Prior to moving from the Pacific Northwest, Joseph performed regularly with the Rose City Trombones and the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble. He has also served as second trombonist for the Tidewater Winds; a professional wind ensemble that performs in the “Sousa Band” tradition. In the classical genre, Joseph has performed with world-renowned artists and groups, such as: Zoltan Kiss, Christopher Bill, The Irish Tenors, Colour of Music Orchestra, U.S. Army Continental Band, American Guild of Organist Brass Ensemble, and with John Phillip Sousa IV. He has also premiered compositions by Andrew Durkin, James Hosay, Robert Senay, and Stuart Dempster. As a jazz musician, Joseph has performed with the Stuart Dempster (World Premiere 2017 International Trombone Festival), Sean Jones, Andre Hayward, Louis Romanos Quartet, Jae Sinnett, Mike Berkowitz, Mark Michelson Big Band, Randy Brecker, Slide Hampton, The Fuzz Band, Sinatra at the Sands Big Band Review, and the Treasure Valley Swing Band. Commercially, he has performed with "Right On" – The Worlds Greatest Show Band. Joseph has also performed with international R&B artists Dwele, Jon Bibbs and Raheem Devaughn. As a collaborative artist, he has also worked with renowned Oregon poet, Lawson Inada, for an evening of jazz and poetry as well as performed as a soloist with the Mt. Hood Symphonic Band, Southeast Missouri State University Wind Symphony, Treasure Valley Wind Symphony and the Fruitland Wind Ensemble. As a chamber musician, Joseph is the founding member of J3 Trio (Horn, Trombone, & Piano). Collectively, each member brings a unique skill-set and personality to the group adding diversity to each program.
Joseph’s honors and awards range across the scholastic and musical spectrum. These honors and awards include: Best Jazz Ensemble and Best Trombone Section (Villanova Collegiate Jazz Festival), finalist in American Prize Competition (as a member in the West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra), University Provost Fellowship (West Virginia University), Academic Enrichment Fellow (West Virginia University), and a Chancellor Scholar (West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission). In 2016, the Jazz Society of Oregon featured Joseph in its Jazz Scene publication.
Since his arrival at Southeast Missouri State University, this pattern of engagement and recognition has continued Joseph’s performances have also been broadcasted on Missouri’s KRCU (90.9/88.9), an affiliate with NPR, PRX and APM. In 2018, the Office of the Provost recognized Dr. Jefferson in the faculty spotlight highlighting his performance and teaching successes at Southeast Missouri State University. Recently, Joseph was selected to perform in the William Cramer Choir at 2018 International Trombone Festival at University of Iowa. In addition, Joseph has also performed at the 2018 International Horn Symposium. This success has been passed down to his students through his teaching. Dr. Jefferson’s students have been selected as finalists in solo competitions as well as been awarded music scholarships to major music programs throughout the country. In 2019, Dr. Jefferson was selected as the Holland College of Arts & Media Outstanding Teaching Award Recipient at Southeast Missouri State University.
Prior to arriving at Southeast, Joseph has held faculty positions at the University of Portland, Treasure Valley CC, Tidewater CC, and John Handley High School. Joseph earned degrees from West Virginia University (D.M.A.), Shenandoah Conservatory (M.M.) and Norfolk State University (B.M.) under the tutelage of esteemed faculty; including, Dr. Keith Jackson, Dr. Wayne Wells, Dr. Mike Hall, and Mr. Paul Adams. He has also studied with Amanda Stewart, Andre Hayward, Dr. Natalie Mannix, Delfeayo Marsalis, David Vining, and Donna Parkes.
Dr. Joseph L. Jefferson maintains his connection with the larger community of musicians and educators through his membership in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Jazz Education Network, International Trombone Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and the College Music Society.