Jeff Haas

Jeff Haas

piano

Jeff Haas learned to crawl in the organ loft of Temple Israel in Detroit, listening to his dad play. He grew up surrounded by classical cats rehearsing chamber music with his dad, Karl Haas. At five, he was at the piano under his dad’s watchful eye. In his early teens, Jeff stumbled upon his first live Motown review (Marvin, Martha, The Temps, Four Tops, Supremes and Little Stevie Wonder) at the MI State Fair. He went rogue. The Motor City music scene became Jeff’s playground, hanging out at the Grande Ballroom, Easttown and the back door of Bakers Keyboard Lounge, where Jeff could catch the jazz vibe even though he wasn’t old enough to get in. 

A bazillion hours at the piano and thousands of gigs later, Jeff is a northern MI  jazz staple, performing for decades with his trio and a host of jazz legends including 15 years of joyful music making with jazz master, Marcus Belgrave. Jeff is an acclaimed composer who tends to play by his own rules, challenging traditional forms, melody structures and genre blends. His compositional voice organically blends his passion for jazz, R&B, classical and Judaic music. Jeff has spent a majority of his life dedicated to the healing power of music and has been giving back to his communities through his nonprofit called Building Bridges with Music (est.1995), where his quintet use the universal language of music and storytelling to promote open mindedness. Jeff has touched the lives of children in over 700 Michigan schools for 30 years. www.buildingbridgeswithmusic.org