Born in Truro Nova Scotia, Jeff Godspeed is a graduate of the Truro band program under the direction of Ron MacKay. Graduate education includes Berklee College of Music in Boston, Acadia University and Humber College of Music in Toronto.
Jeff has followed a musical career as a freelance musician, clinician and teacher since finishing school in 1978. His steady engagements include 3 years in the RCMP Band and 2 years with Roger Whittaker, while his freelance experiences resulted in accompanying many world famous entertainers. The list includes names such as Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli, Bob Hope, Ritch Little, Shirley MacLaine, Natalie Cole, Arethea Franklin, and many others. While in Toronto for 10 years he had the opportunity to perform with The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The Guido Basso Orchestra, Cats, Crazy For You and more.
Since returning to Nova Scotia in 1992, he has been very busy with Jazz Education and leading his own groups. Through has association with Musicstop, as a consultant and clinician, and as director of both Nova Scotia Honour Jazz and The Acadia Jazz Camp, Jeff has become very well known to most jazz students in the province.
Together with Dave Staples, their CD, Eastern Passage, won the 1996 East Coast Music Award for best jazz recording. Jeff stays busy playing with the many talented musicians in the Maritimes and is in demand as a jazz clinician. One of his latest projects involves performing with Salsa Picante.