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The Sax Loft is headed up by some of the premier saxophonists of our time; Jeff Coffin, Tia Fuller, & Kirk Whalum. World renowned and loved by players and fans alike, these saxophonists have amassed remarkable careers, performing with luminaries such as Beyoncé, Dave Mathews Band, Whitney Houston, to Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, George Duke, Lalah Hathaway, Bob James, Barbara Streisand, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Al Jarreau, Quincy Jones, Willie Nelson, Jay-Z, Jill Scott, Chaka Khan, Diane Reeves, Esperanza Spalding, Luther Vandross, and so many more!

Teaching accolades include Berklee College of Music, Vanderbilt University, the Jazz Education Network Conference Board of Directors, Stax Music Academy, The W.O. Smith Community Music School Advisory Board, and over 1000 music clinics & workshops presented around the world. 

 

Meet the Team

The Sax Loft Instructors

Jeff Coffin, Tia Fuller, and Kirk Whalum have received numerous awards and nominations, including multiple Grammy awards, two Stellar Awards (Gospel Music’s highest honor), multiple Grammy nominations, multiple Dove Award nominations, and NAACP Image Award nominations.

Rounding out The Sax Loft are Jack Finucane, owner and founder of the Boston Sax Shop, and Max Abrams, saxophonist with the Nashville-based super group The Mavericks. Jack helps with not only gear related issues, and retail sales of sax gear, but he and Max also bring a contemporary savvy in many areas related to business and online communities. Both are top-tier saxophonists and have spent many years playing professionally with the likes of Gregg Allman, Taj Mahal, Jerry Bergonzi, Chris Stapleton, Widespread Panic, Little Big Town, Lionel Richie, and others.

With a common love of music, community, social justice, and advocacy for those less heard, Jeff, Tia, Kirk, Jack, & Max have combined forces to start The Sax Loft, gathering saxophonists from around the world to share their music and life perspectives with players of all styles, cultures, backgrounds, beliefs, and abilities.

 

Jeff Coffin

Jeff Coffin is a globally recognized saxophonist, composer, educator, and is a member of the legendary U.S. rock group, Dave Matthews Band. You may also know him from his 14 years, and 3 Grammy Awards, with the genre-defying Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. Jeff fronts numerous groups. When not touring with DMB, Jeff maintains a wildly ambitious agenda: fronting numerous groups, releasing 18+ solo recordings, teaching improvisation at the prestigious Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, authoring a series of books, and running his own critically acclaimed label, Ear Up Records.

Jeff is also recognized for his deep involvement with music education and his continued dedication to the improvisational musical art form some call Jazz. He is a Yamaha Performing Artist & Clinician, a Boston Sax Shop Ambassador, and the founder of the online sax haven, The Sax Loft.

Tia Fuller

When Grammy-nominated Mack Avenue recording artist, composer, and bandleader Tia Fuller picks up her saxophone, something amazing happens. Blending technical brilliance, melodic creativity, and performance precision drawn from both her academic and stage experience, Fuller is a force to be reckoned with in the worlds of jazz, pop, R&B, and more.Currently, Tia is balancing the demands of touring and recording with the equally challenging rigors of teaching. She is a full-time professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. In late 2020 Tia's incredible saxophone playing was featured in the Pixar blockbuster animation movie SOUL.

Kirk Whalum

Kirk Whalum is the recipient of numerous awards and acknowledgments for his musical excellence, including three Dove Award nominations and an NAACP Image Award nomination. He has won two Stellar Awards (Gospel music's highest honor). In 2011 Kirk won his first Grammy Award for Best Gospel Song, "It's What I Do," featuring Lalah Hathaway. The song was written alongside lifelong friend and gifted artist Jerry Peters.

In a career spanning decades, Kirk has a sound that is uniquely his; it is a sound that leaves an indelible imprint on the listener.

Max Abrams

During his two decades in Nashville, saxophonist Max Abrams has recorded and performed with an impressively wide range of artists, including The Mavericks, Widespread Panic, Gregg Allman, Chris Stapleton, Taj Mahal, Little Big Town, Frankie Valli, Sir Cliff Richard, Brendan Benson, Dara Maclean, Big & Rich, Trace Adkins, Luke Byran, Lionel Richie, Ben Rector, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Jeff Cohen, Colbie Caillat, Dave Barnes, James Slater, Randy Houser, Jake Owen, and Yo-Yo Ma.

He has appeared on the Grammy Awards, Good Morning America, The Tonight Show, Conan, Late Night with Seth Meyers, PBS Great Performances, and the CMA, CMT, ACM, and AMA awards.

He has also released six solo albums.

As managing director of The Sax Loft, Max looks forward to making world-class saxophone instruction available to any student who wants it. He hopes that increasing access to music education will create a generation of new and exciting voices on the horn.

Jack Finucane

Jack Finucane is the founder and product designer of The Boston Sax Shop, an international brand of boutique saxophone products and acclaimed saxophone specific repair atelier. Jack trained at the New England Conservatory in jazz performance and uses his knowledge as a player and craftsman to create products that have become loved and endorsed by many of the greatest saxophone players in the world. Jack is thrilled to be a part of the Sax Loft and to be surrounded by the luminaries that have brought it to fruition. 

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