Jeff Rinear

Professor, University of St. Thomas

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 featured 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.