Jeff Henderson is a well-known solo improviser and multi-instrumentalist. There isn’t an instrument he can’t create something extraordinary on, but he specialises on saxophones and clarinet. He also plays guitar, banjo, piano, percussion, and will use his voice and anything else handy to music.
Jeff founded two performance venues in Wellington which he operated and managed for ten years. He founded and operated the “Bomb the Space Festival” of experimental music, was artistic director of the Wellington International Jazz Festival. His project “Urban Taniwha” with Richard Nunns and Marilyn Crispell featured a 16-piece band that toured New Zealand in 2000.
Jeff has composed and performed for contemporary music ensemble Stroma, toured NZ and Japan with drummer Shoji Hano, directed the play ‘First June’ by Melody Nixon, and collaborated with Australian experimental film maker Louise Curham. Recent projects include “Jazzmares”, an album of original compositions recorded live in 2014 with Dreamville, and an artist residency at Wired Lab in NSW. Jeff is also director of The Audio Foundation in Auckland.