Jeff Kazee- Part 1 of 2
Pianist with Southside Johnny
Jeff Kazee is a pianist, vocalist, songwriter and Hammond B3 organist for the Rock/Soul band Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. He has also worked extensively with Bon Jovi and with Jon Bon Jovi in his solo career.
Jeff hooked up with Southside Johnny in 1998, and has been with him since, he became the band leader after Bobby Bandeira left, Bobby previously held the position, but took a break to tour with Bon Jovi in 2003 and decided to stay. Jeff’s contributions to the band include writing and producing for The Asbury Jukes’, such as the albums Soultime, Pills and Ammo and Songs From The Barn. Kazee is also a part of the Southside Johnny offshoot, Southside Johnny & The Poor Fools, exploring Americana.
In addition to Southside Johnny, Jeff has been involved in many projects and artists including Folk/Pop singer-songwriter Dar Williams, cross-country tripping with SNL/Dylan bandleader G.E. Smith, performing and recording with Roger Waters, Chocolate Genius, Dar Williams, The Blues Brothers, Gavin DeGraw. He occasionally filled in for bandleader Paul Shaffer on the Late Show with David Letterman. Kazee’s presence as a keyboardist/vocalist/arranger has been seen and heard in “house bands” for many special events, backing such stars as James Taylor, The Band‘s Levon Helm, Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer and Snoop Dogg, among others.
Bon Jovi and Early Elton Trio
Kazee toured with Bon Jovi in 2003 during This Left Feels Right Live and the Have a Nice Day Tours from 2005 until 2006. Kazee also filled in for David Bryan on keyboards and vocals for night five of Bon Jovi’s 2010 London O2 Arena residency as Bryan was attending The Tony Awards in NYC.
In 2009, Jeff joined Fab Faux drummer Rich Pagano and Asbury Juke bassist John Conte in an ongoing side project performing music selected from Elton John‘s Trio Years (’70-’72), entitled Early Elton Trio.