JEFFREY SCOT WILLS
was born in 1966 in Chillicothe, Ohio to parents who were both educators in the public school - his mother in vocal music and his father in instrumental music. After graduating from Chillicothe High School in 1985, Jeffrey attended Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. He started as a business major with a music minor, but switched to music education mid-way through his sophomore year, and graduated suma cum laude in December 1988.
During his time at Capital (under the study of saxophonist Jim Carroll), Jeffrey received recognition as outstanding soloist at many festivals and competitions including the Elmhurst Jazz Festival in Chicago and the National Jazz Festival in Orlando. He has studied saxophone, jazz and improvisation with Eugene Rousseau at the University of Indiana, Jamey Aebersold, Phil Woods Jerry Coker, Donald Brown and Kenny Werner.
Following his graduation from Capital University, Jeffrey earned the respect of the public and critics alike in Columbus as the saxophonist for an extremely popular local band. In 1994 Jeffrey relocated to Nashville with his wife Karen where he again quickly gained the attention of the music community. In the third month after his arrival, Jeffrey was called by legendary drummer Chester Thompson to be the saxophonist for Grammy Award winning vocal group TAKE 6.
He has toured and performed with a veritable “who’s who” list including Take 6, Michael McDonald, Engelbert Humperdinck, Donna Summer, Clark Terry, Terry Gibbs, Christopher Cross, Bela Fleck, T. Graham Brown, Denny Jiosa, Marvin Hamlisch, Dash Crofts, David Foster, Sheila E., Joey Calderazo, Brian McKnight, Denver and the Mile High Orchestra, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Grand Ole Opry, the Rosie OʼDonnel Show, TBSʼ Live at the House of Blues, HBO, even Tiny Tim and many others. Jeffrey has a personal sound and style as a composer and player that continues to identify him as a unique musician.
Jeffrey and his family still reside outside of Nashville where he continues to regularly perform and teach as a faculty member of Brentwood Academy and Lipscomb University.