Jeff Ross got his professional start in music working for underground radio station KZEL-FM, a Billboard Magazine Small Market Station of the Year. It was booking and promoting regional and national Jazz and Blues artists throughout the Pacific Northwest that made Jeff aware of importance and need for professional artist management. Jeff booked and promoted concerts by Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Mingus, Bill Evans, Dave Brubeck, Robert Cray, Pat Metheny, Cal Tjader, Ted Curson, Oregon, Kenny Burrell, Eddie Jefferson, Bob Dorough and many others.
Discovering Kenny G and building the career of Jeff Lorber significantly amplified Jeff’s management work. He signed both artists to major label recording contracts with Clive Davis and Arista Records, developing careers that created a musical icon (Kenny G) and International Smooth Jazz stalwart (Jeff Lorber).
Laura Love, Mycle Wastman, Robbie Dupree, Doc Serverinsen, Jay Hoggard, Skywalk and David Friesen among others, are wonderful talents that Jeff has been fortunate to work with in management and other capacities. His booking work with Friesen included a unique solo bass performance on the “Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson.
London Tone Music, a recording company partnership with Jeff Heiman and the owners of the legendary London Bridge Studio, launched in 2014. To promote the new label, London Tone signed 52 artists to singles contracts and recorded and released a single each week for 52 weeks. During that immersive year Jeff was fortunate to meet and work with over 250 musicians from the Northwest and around the world.
As President of Great Northern Publishing, a music merchandising company, Jeff licensed and developed retail merchandise for major artists like Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Led Zeppelin, Gun’s & Roses and others. Jeff also worked with major retailers to establish retail sales programs for tour merchandising companies, to augment their concert venue sales.
A strong advocate of music education, Jeff serves on the board of MusicWorks Northwest’s, a non-profit music school, based in Bellevue, WA.
Jeff Heiman is a passionate trailblazer in the music and entertainment industry, recognized for his expertise in artist development, public relations, promotion, marketing, audio/video licensing, content acquisition, artist management, music production and as a radio broadcaster (KCMU, now KEXP, and KZAM on-air personality).
As a long time member, governor and officer of The Recording Academy (The Grammys), Jeff has been a mentor and inspiration to many musical artists, most recently serving as Board President of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy encompassing 5 western states, Hawaii and British Columbia.
Jeff’s expertise with music licensing is extensive. He has served as Vice-President of Licensing and Label Relations for PlayNetwork, Inc., a global media provider of music and video for retailers, including Starbucks, Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Hot Topic, Nordstrom and Eddie Bauer. At PlayNetwork, Jeff created the still ongoing PlayLive Music Series, which featured over 130 major and developing artists in live intimate performances, including James Hunter, Rodney Crowell, Wendy Waldman, Colin Hay, Eric Bibb, Ben Taylor. Angelique Kidjo, Feist and many others.
With wide-ranging experience in the record industry, Jeff as Vice-President of Windham Hill Records, helped the world discover George Winston, Will Ackerman, Alex deGrassi, Michael Hedges and others. As Vice-President of Gold Castle Records he worked with legendary artists Peter, Paul & Mary, Judy Collins, Bruce Cockburn, Eliza Gilkyson, Karla Bonoff, and Joan Baez, finding creative ways to build fans from a new generation. Jeff served as Senior Promotion & Marketing Consultant to Music for Little People & Earthbeat! Records, working on projects with artists Sweet Honey in the Rock, Taj Mahal, Maria Muldaur, Shadowfax, Buckwheat Zydeco and Los Lobos.
Jeff has a deep affinity and experience mentoring singer-songwriters. He served as personal manager for some of the best including Bryndle (Karla Bonoff, Wendy Waldman. Kenny Edwards & Andrew Gold), Artie Traum and David Mallett. Working with these and other artists as an independent compilation producer, successfully assembling award-winning projects for Sony Music, Walt Disney Records, Shanachie, Rounder Records, and Narada Records.
A Northwest native (Tacoma) and University of Washington graduate, there is no doubt that Jeff’s passion and knowledge is an asset to anyone aspiring for success in the music business.