Jeff Prine: South Florida’s Best Kept Secret

Jeffrey Prine (no relation to John Prine) was born in 1954 in Brooklyn, New York. The music scene of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s provided a plethora of guitarists and Jeff frequented the Fillmore East and the Action House on numerous occasions. In 1971, Jeff was awestruck when he saw Peter Green play with Fleetwood Mac. Jeff accounts this experience as the most inspirational and influential of his music development. In addition to the inspiring guitar skills of Peter Green, a sunburst Les Paul became the coveted instrument, which he later acquired.

Jeff founded his own band and played the local New York scene for two decades, which included venues such as My Father’s Place, Great Gildersleeves, and Traxx. Throughout this time, he shared the stage with artists such as Dickie Betts, Johnny Winter, Robin Trower, The Outlaws, Cyndi Lauper, and Stuff, featuring Steve Gadd.

Jeff moved to Florida in 1988 and wasted no time rapidly immersing himself in the South Florida music scene. Eventually Jeff was asked to put a band together to back up Big Mama Blue at Cheers in Fort Lauderdale. Throughout his years at Cheers, Jeff played with Albert Collins, Coco Montoya, Buddy Miles, Kim Simmonds, Dave Mason, Rick Derringer, and Steve Morse. Jeff’s band then recorded a T.V. pilot called The Rock and Blues.

Jeff formed the Jeff Prine Trio featuring Bobby Freeman on Hammond B3 and Jack Ciano on drums. This trio toured many of South Florida’s finest clubs and featured some of South Florida’s most popular vocalists. A highlight for the Jeff Prine Group, in 1992, was recording a live CD at Tobacco Road in Miami. The release of this CD was followed by a mini tour of several New York venues which included the historic Birdland, the Lone Star Café, and La Bar Bat.

A second CD, released in 2002, featured the vocalist, Juanita Dixon. Consequently, the band was in demand at many Florida venues such as the House of Blues in Orlando and Jazziz at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, The Riverwalk Blues Festival, and headlined the Quincy Blues and Barbecue Festival. Local radio host Len Pace (WLRN) featured much of The Jeff Prine Band’s music. Jeff has produced four CDs, and they are truly an epic display of his playing, singing and songwriting skills, accompanied by a Hammond B3, piano, bass and drums.

Refreshingly committed to six string values, Jeff’s work is that of a vital player, a guitarist’s guitarist who excites audiences and can impress any fan of the real deal! Jeff continues to wow fans around South Florida nightly and can be seen performing, along with his original 1960 Burst, on any given night.

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