Paul Jeffrey, a former professor of the practice of music and director of the jazz studies program at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, died on March 20 after a long illness. He was 81 years old.
A graduate of Ithaca College in New York, Jeffery collaborated musically with Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk. During the early 1960s he toured with B.B. King.
An exclaimed tenor saxophonist, Jeffrey came to Duke in 1983 and directed the jazz studies program for 20 years until his retirement in 2003.
John Brown, the current director of jazz studies at Duke, said that Jeffrey “worked tirelessly to ensure that jazz remained alive and well and was very passionate about the music he loved so much. He leaves a legacy of great traditions of presenting jazz at Duke, and for the presence of jazz everywhere.”