A Virginia native, Joseph L. Jefferson is currently the Assistant Professor of Applied Trombone and Director of Jazz Studies at Southeast Missouri State University. As a trombonist an educator, Joseph maintains an active performance schedule as a soloist in Classical, Jazz, and commercial musical settings both nationally and internationally. As a scholar, Joseph has researched the Shout Band Tradition in the United House of Prayer; this research was published by ProQuest/UMI. Similar to his excellence in scholarship, Joseph continues to exercise his musical palate by performing in Pop, Neo-Soul, and Latin music genres. As a specialist in the areas of trombone and low brass, Joseph has served as a guest artist, clinician, and adjudicator for both high schools and collegiate music programs throughout the United States.
Prior to moving to Missouri, Joseph performed regularly with the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble as well as the Rose City Trombones. Additionally, he maintained an active freelance schedule throughout the Pacific Northwest. 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: The Irish Tenors, U.S. Army Continental Band, American Guild of Organist Brass Ensemble, and with John Phillip Sousa IV, to name a few. As a jazz/commercial musician, he has performed with the Stuart Dempster, 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, and 10 Spot Variety Band. Joseph has also performed with international R&B artists Dwele, Jon Bibbs and Raheem Devaughn. As a collaborative artist, he has worked with renowned Oregon poet, Lawson Inada, for an evening of jazz and poetry. As a soloist, Joseph has performed with the Fruitland Wind Ensemble as well as the Treasure Valley Wind Symphony. He has also premiered compositions by Stuart Dempster, Andrew Durkin, James Hosay and Robert Senay.
Joseph’s honors and awards range across the scholarship 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). Recently, the Jazz Society of Oregon featured Joseph in its Jazz Scene publication.
Joseph has held faculty positions at the University of Portland, Treasure Valley CC, Boise State University - Jazz Combo Camp (Trombone), Tidewater CC, and John Handley High School.
Dr. Jefferson has earned degrees from West Virginia University (D.M.A.), Shenandoah Conservatory (M.M.) and Norfolk State University (B.M.) Joseph’s primary teachers include Dr. Keith Jackson, Dr. Wayne Wells, Dr. Mike Hall, and Mr. Paul Adams. He has also studied with Andre Hayward, Dr. Natalie Mannix, Ron Barron, Delfeayo Marsalis, David Vining, Amanda Stewart, and Donna Parkes.
Dr. Joseph L. Jefferson is an active member of 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 and is available as a soloist, clinician, or adjudicator.
Joseph is a performing artist for S.E Shires Trombones and Giddings Mouthpieces.