Jeff Rinear

Trombone Artist

Jeff Rinear

Jeff Rinear

Professor, University of St. Thomas

Instrument Specs

  • Model: T302
  • Bell: 9141CF
  • Slide: T302-2
  • Tuning Slide: Yellow
  • Neckpipe: Unknown
  • Leadpipe: T2 Silver

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Upon graduating from the Berklee College of Music with a degree in performance on trombone, Jeff Rinear freelanced in a wide variety of musical settings, including numerous extended engagements, for four years. After a touring stint with the Artie Shaw Orchestra he settled in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area where he has backed up the likes of Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick, the Temptations, Natalie Cole, and Kenny Rogers, just to mention a few. He is one of the busiest trombonists in the Twin Cities.

Critics have responded favorably to Rinear's recorded performances. A review of Pete Whitman's Departure Point in Cadence Magazine spoke quite well of his solo abilities. Reviews by both Audiophile Audition's John Henry and the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Tom Surowicz took special note of Jeff and his "dark" and "burnished" sound. In addition to Pete Whitman's Departure Point, Jeff can be heard as a feature soloist on the Pete Whitman Quintet's The Sound of Water. He is also featured as the lead trombonist and soloist for the JazzMN big band's debut recording, and has played on many other recording projects and jingles.

Jeff is the CEO of Increase Music, Inc., a publishing company specializing in jazz and educational materials. He has published some of his own compositions with them and has written and arranged pieces in a variety of musical genres.

Jeff also holds a bachelor of music in music education from the University of Minnesota. He taught at the high school level for six years before accepting a position at MusicTech College in St. Paul, MN. In addition, he is the jazz ensemble director at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. Jeff is sought after as a guest artist and has appeared at nearly one hundred clinics, festivals, and camps.

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Gerry Pagano

"I've been playing Edwards for a long time. I won my job in St. Louis on an Edwards in 1995! Lately, I've been working with Christan on the B502. In it, he has created a wonderful instrument. I prefer dependent valves, which I know puts me in the minority. I just like the response, and I'll sacrifice a few options in favor of the "straight pipe".

"With this horn, I've never been happier. It is centered, consistent through out all registers, and does it respond! The sound is clear - not spread out and "foggy". The B502-D sounds and feels like a trombone, not a slide tuba. The valves are extremely fast, and I never have to do anything, they just work! Paired with a good mouthpiece (see Griego Mouthpieces!), it just allows me to hear the music, and the horn is not in the way. And I happen to think its a beautiful horn as well. Smooth lines, well balanced, fits well in my hand, no extra support with some "rest bar" or other contraption. Just me, my horn, and some tunes! I will be playing this one for a long time... or until Christan makes another one that's even better!"

Gerry Pagano
Bass trombonist, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra