Jeff Coffey

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Jeff Coffey
Jeff Coffey in 2016
Background information
Born (1967-09-11) 11 September 1967 (age 50)
Origin Orlando, Florida
Genres Rock, Jazz-Rock, Pop
Instruments vocalist, bass guitar, guitar, trombone
Years active 1990-present
Labels Smoke Tree Records
Associated acts Chicago

Jeff Coffey is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is the current bassist and lead vocalist for the band Chicago.[1][2][3]

Early career[edit]

Jeff Coffey grew up in Eustis, Florida[4] in the Orlando area, and attended University of Central Florida where he traveled with their Jazz Band to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, and the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague. Jeff spent a good portion of the 90's in the Gainesville, Florida-based band House of Dreams,[5] which released a self-titled CD in 1994.[6]

In 2001, Jeff was the touring bassist for Brian Howe, formerly of Bad Company, with producer Joe Smith, he co-produced and released his first CD, Jeff Coffey in 2003. His song "Write About Me" was used in Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen's video game Sweet 16: Licensed to Drive; in 2007, Jeff released his second CD Long Way Home. From 2011 until late 2014, Coffey took a hiatus from music to focus on family and life, he returned to music on New Year's Eve 2014.[7]


In Spring 2016, Coffey received a call from Chicago guitarist Keith Howland asking if he would be interested in auditioning to fill in for longtime bassist/vocalist Jason Scheff. Coffey auditioned and won the gig, making his debut on May 22, 2016, in Findlay, Ohio.[7][8] Following Scheff's departure in October 2016, Coffey became an official member of the band. [9][10] The announcement welcoming Jeff was made via Chicago's official Facebook page on October 25, 2016, despite joining the band after the production of their CNN documentary "Now More than Ever", he was included in pre-broadcast interviews with the band featured on CNN in which he described the impact of Chicago's music.[11]