2013 SAA Musicians Jill and Gary Wofsey

Dr. Jill WofseyDr. Jill Wofsey, a Yamaha Performing Artist, is a professional flutist, bassist, guitarist, vocalist, teacher and clinician living in Northwest Florida. She received a Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado, and degrees from the University of Minnesota (Master of Music) and Eastman School of Music (Bachelor of Music). She was the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts to perform and teach in Kansas. She has released three CDs which feature her as flutist: “I’m Flying,” “Two Much Fun!” & “Petty Theft.” She can be heard playing 6-string electric bass on the CD “Gary Wofsey in Stereo.”

Jill has performed and adjudicated on several occasions for the Wichita Jazz Festival. She was a clinician and guest soloist with the Syracuse University Jazz Ensemble. Her own jazz group has performed concerts and clinics for several educational institutions and flute clubs, including the New York Flute Club. For the past decade, Dr. Wofsey has taught Jazz Improvisation and Musicianship to young flutists worldwide at the Colorado Suzuki Institute at Snowmass.

Dr. Wofsey has placed impressively in the Down Beat Magazine Readers Polls several times in recent years. She also had a long-standing service as Jazz Committee chairperson of the National Flute Association.

Gary WofseyGary Wofsey studied several different musical instruments and composition from a very early age. He led various bands through grade school and majored in music composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

In the early 1970s, Gary traveled with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. In 1978, Wofsey settled in New York and formed a 13-piece Jazz Orchestra. The Jazz Orchestra recorded several albums that featured some of the best jazz musicians in New York City. Many of the Orchestra’s recordings were found on the Top Ten of countless jazz radio stations throughout the United States and Canada.

In 1982, Gary relocated to Japan, where he formed an all-Japanese jazz orchestra that was very popular in Tokyo. In 1990, he appeared in a series of concerts in Hawaii with the Maui Symphony Orchestra as guest performer/conductor/composer. He returned to the New York area in 1993 and began rehearsing and performing with a jazz orchestra that was mostly comprised of young jazz artists.

Upon meeting Jill, the couple became co-leaders of a new jazz orchestra based in New York City. Today, the Wofseys live in Northwest Florida, where they co-lead a 13-piece big band that is based in Pensacola. The Orchestra has been performing new compositions by the Wofseys, as they prepare for a video recording project. Jill & Gary play and sing popular standards, such as “All Of Me,” “Laura,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” and “Where Or When.”