Jeff Callaway

For more than 20 years Jeff Callaway's trombone has been a fixture on the Mississippi music scene, whether recording for producers like multi-Grammy winner Jim Gaines and Brazilian guitar legend Robertinho de Recife or playing with many of Mississippi's most legendary figures from Charlie Pride to Bobby Rush, his career has shown little regard for limits of musical genres or styles. In addition to performing with Jackson-based groups like the Capitol City Stage Band, The Bluz Boys, The Vamps, the Dee Barton Jazz Orchestra, the Russell Thomas Experience and the Mississippi Symphony, he's also worked with national touring acts like The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Fabian, James Darren & Bobby Rydell, as well as Mississippi rock, blues, funk, soul, R&B, hip-hop and country bands including the Kudzu Kings, Blue Mountain, The Sincere Ramblers, Prohibition Jazz Band, Enigma Jazz Project, Taylor Grocery Band, Afrissippi, Kinney Kimbrough, The Neckbones, The Preacher's Kids, The Holy Rollers, Charlie Mars, George McConnell, Adrian Dickey, Dent May, Patrick Smith Band, Mississippi Cadillac Blues Band and many others, along with being a founding member of the experimental reggae/ska/jam band The Hemptones. As his discography proves, he is equally versed in virtually any style, from the bluesy rock of John Hiatt's Master of Disaster to creating a choir of horns for The Damnwells' Alex Dezen, through jazz, bluegrass and beyond.

He has also been a frequent contributor on MPB's "Thacker Mountain Radio" as a guest artist since the show's inception, performing with the show's original house band (including Ed Dye, T.B. Ledford & Caroline Herring) as well as departed legends Duff Dorrough and Jim Dickinson. Along with performing in the Mississippi Grammy Legacy shows with artists like Charley Pride, Paul Overstreet, Pinetop Perkins, the Williams Brothers and Dorothy Moore, he has also been a mainstay in the popular Raphael Semmes presents "Mississippi LIVE!" musical heritage shows. Whether jamming with Marty Stuart, Dan Aykroyd, The Bo-Keys or Bonerama, he is always "on", according to Jackson bandleader/bassist Raphael Semmes. "For a number of years, Jeff has been the first call 'go to' guy because of his consistently high level of musicianship and his enthusiasm for making the music happen," adding "Jeff always brings (it) and always swings.

He holds music education degrees from Ole Miss and VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, is a member of the Ole Miss Jazz Alumni Hall of Fame, and has remained active as an instructor with some of Mississippi's best high school programs, including Oxford, Southaven, and Ridgeland High Schools.

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