Trumpet - Jeffrey Kaye - Florida Philharmonic

I met Terry at an ITG conference and was instantly taken by his enthusiasm for music and life in general.  This enthusiasm extends not only to building custom trumpet mouthpieces but to music making in general. His varied interests seem to fuel his energy and desire to help brass players find their perfect mouthpiece!

- Jeff Kaye


Jeff uses our 3MC with the 8 and 7 backbores. 

"I was specifically looking for a mouthpiece that I could play on musicals and commercial gigs while retaining as much of the sound from my  Bach 1½ C and my Black & Hill 1½ M which I played for years.  The answer was a 3MC cup.  With an 8 backbore, it gives a rich big sound. With the 7 back bore, it gives just enough resistance for commercial playing. I was eager to practice and the flexibility of range and color is really exciting.  My Warburton simply has better response than any other mouthpiece I have.  The attacks are more immediate and it is actually easier to play, which is the bottom line for me." 


JEFFREY KAYE is an internationally acclaimed orchestral and chamber musician, soloist, teacher and producer. He performs frequently with many South Florida ensembles, including the Miami City Ballet, Palm Beach Opera, and the Festival Orchestra Boca. He is a core member of Iris Orchestra in Germantown, Tennessee, where he has been a featured soloist. Kaye also leads the highly acclaimed Florida Brass and Jeff Kaye & Friends Jazz Quintet. Kaye held the position of Principal Trumpet of the Florida Philharmonic from 1989 to 2003. He was also Principal Trumpet of the Florida Grand Opera, the Florida Philharmonic Pops Orchestra, and the Miami Chamber Orchestra.

In 2004, Jeff became a founding Board Member and the Principal Trumpet of The Symphonia, Boca Raton. Over the years he held the positions of Personnel Manager and Artistic Director and presently serves on their Artistic Committee and is their Orchestra Manager/Contractor.

Kaye has been on the faculty and a member of the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra since 2009. Prior to that, he was Principal Trumpet at Santa Fe Opera for four seasons. Other summer engagements include the Aspen Music Festival, Waterloo Music Festival, Norfolk Music Festival/Yale Summer School of Music, and the Tanglewood Music Festival, where he was a fellow and played under Leonard Bernstein. Kaye received both a Bachelor of Arts in Performance and a Bachelor of Science in Music Management from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. He was then awarded a talent scholarship by the Manhattan School of Music in New York where he earned a Master's Degree in Music Performance.

Kaye's music can be heard on several recordings most notably the award-winning Florida Philharmonic CD recording of Gustav Mahler’s First Symphony, which received critical acclaim, notably for the Blumine movement: “The Blumine is especially welcome for the ineffably cool, poised tones of principal trumpeter Jeffrey Kaye.” - Orchestral Reviews BBC Music Magazine.