MUSIC - Jeff Antoniuk - Saxophonist, Educator, Bandleader


Jeff was "Born in Edmonton, Canada, Antoniuk studied at the prestigious University of North Texas, where he earned both a BM and a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance and Ethnomusicology. Living in Nigeria, Africa as a child, and traveling the world as a musician, Antoniuk became enthralled with the questions of how we learn, what is innate, and what inspires us to create. His studies, research and insights have led to a rare ability as a musical coach and guide. Jeff has developed and served as Artistic Director on over 50 different workshops on specific jazz topics, and conducted over 2500 jazz masterclasses in the last 15 years.

As a performer and composer, Antoniuk is heralded for his “considerable chops” (Jazz Times Magazine) and “a creative spark that never lets up,” (Rochester City Paper). His recordings with Jeff Antoniuk & The Jazz Update and The MARS 4-tet have all received critical praise, with appearances on the Jazz Top 40 charts. In 2016, Antoniuk was tapped by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to be the featured soloist for their world premier performances of “A Swingin’ Nutcracker,” the first full jazz realization of Tchaikovsky’s 25 movement ballet.

Also a busy sideman, Jeff Antoniuk has played with or led bands with such luminaries as fellow saxophonists Ralph Bowen and Walt Weiskopf, guitarists Tim Miller and Steve Rochiniski, drummers Sherrie Maricle and Warren Wolf, bassists Jimmy Haslip and Marcus Miller, and trumpet players Tim Hagans and Ingrid Jensen.


The Jazz Update band features four exciting players who deliver compelling performances in concerts, festivals, and at clubs. Their repertoire ranges from straight ahead jazz to their luscious, award winning original compositions. See our Programs for booking information.

Jeff Antoniuk

Tom Baldwin

Bassist Tom Baldwin has backed many modern jazz greats such as James Moody, George Garzone, Fred Hersch and Eric Alexander. Baldwin shines in countless east coast venues, including the Wolftrap Jazz, Strathmore and Blues Festival and Princeton JazzFeast. Highly respected as a tasteful, articulate and inspired bassist, he was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk bass competition. Mr. Baldwin teaches at the University of Maryland.

Wade Beach

Phenomenal pianist Wade Beach is widely respected for his harmonic sophistication and superb technique, which knows no stylistic limitations. He holds a master’s degree in piano performance from the University of Maryland. He entered the world of jazz as a protégé of Sir Roland Hanna and toured the globe many times over with the Airmen of Note. He is on the faculty of George Mason University and the Maryland Summer Jazz Festival.

Tony Martucci

Drummer Tony Martucci has played and recorded with giants from almost every period of jazz, including Mose Allison, Joe Henderson and Sonny Stitt. He teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University. Wrote Music Monthly, "Martucci’s drum set magic is rich in detail and ambience..." Jazz Times said Martucci “is an exciting yet sensitive player with chops, taste ..." He brings these stellar qualities to every performance.


Jeff Antoniuk and the Jazz Update: Brotherhood (2010)

"A master teacher at the Washington Performing Arts Society and the Capitol Jazz Project, saxophonist Jeff Antoniuk has led jazz camps and performed at several festivals. His quartet Jazz Update, featuring Tom Baldwin on bass, Wade Beach on piano and rhodes, and Tony Martucci on drums and assorted percussion, has released its second album, entitled Brotherhood."

Jeff Antoniuk and the Jazz Update: Here Today (2006)

"For the most part straight ahead jazz, university, National Public Radio and satellite radio stations have been the biggest cheerleaders for Here Today. While “Springfield” is the song that opens this collection of fine tunes, it is compositions such as Antoniuk’s interpretation of the Thelonious Monk song “Four In One”, Duke Ellington’s “Prelude To A Kiss” and Antoniuk’s original piece “Rain” that capture the imagination."

Jazz Band Masterclass:

Jeff Antoniuk

Leonardo Lucini

"Lucini is a virtuoso performer on electric and acoustic bass. Trained in both classical and jazz styles, he holds a master’s degree in music performance from University of Maryland. He is knowledgeable about many world music styles, including a vast range of Latin music. His own compositions are often based on unique Brazilian rhythmic styles, going far beyond the expected samba and bossa nova to Maracatu and Afoxe. His love of the music overflows. An able clinician, he also conducts lectures and workshops on Brazilian jazz."

Steve Herberman

"Steve is a graduate of Berklee College Of Music majoring in Jazz guitar performance. He began playing a seven-string guitar in 1993. Steve has recorded numerous CD's as both leader and sideman and is a respected jazz educator. Steve Herberman's original composition "What We Do" won first place in the jazz category of the 2018 USA Songwriting Competition. Steve has over 50 video lessons published on Mike's Masterclasses and has toured across the US and Europe playing and teaching. He is featured in the book The Great Jazz Guitarists by Scott Yanow. Steve is an endorser of Comins Guitars and GLB Sound amps and is based in the Washington DC area."


Jazz Update

Jeff Antoniuk and the Jazz Update - Screwball

Jeff Antoniuk and the Jazz Update - Springfield

Jazz Band Masterclass

Footprints by Wayne Shorter played by Jeff Antoniuk 2pm Jazz Band Masterclass