Jeff Hanley


Born January 22nd 1976, raised in Florida, Jeff Hanley is a multi dimensional musician.  Starting on the guitar at age 4 he switched to the electric bass guitar a few years later playing in mostly original rock bands influenced by Led Zeppelin with his older brother/guitarist Dan Hanley.  When he started high school he landed his first steady paying gig with jazz vocalist Linda Cole.  Linda’s son Anthony Cole (drummer for Grammy winner / jazz saxophonist/ Sam Rivers) was also on these gigs.  From the gigs with the Cole family Hanley met many of the musicians he would work with while living in Florida.  He was exposed to many different kinds of music at this time Jazz/Blues/Rock/Soul/Motown/Gospel/Brazilian/Cuban/and Classical. Aside from the work with Linda Cole, Jeff was also in several original projects that Anthony Cole led.  

Numerous outstanding student awards punctuate Hanley’s musical education.  He was chosen for the All-State Jazz Ensemble two years in a row in high school and also received a full ride to the University of North Florida along with other scholarships awarded to him at that time.  While attending the University of North Florida Jeff began playing the acoustic bass and diving seriously into Jazz.  He soon was getting calls from the professors Kevin Bales (pianist for Rene Marie), Barry Green (Guitarist), and Bunky Greene (Jazz saxophone legend) to perform various gigs, recordings and concerts in the Southeast.  Also at this time Jeff was a member of the world renowned Nathan Page Group.  Through a concert series at U.N.F. Jeff performed with Arturo Sandoval, Herbie Hancock, Joe Lovano, and Toshiko Akiyoshi on separate occasions.  Jeff also dove heavily into Funk and Soul music at this time spending equal time on his fender electric bass playing in various groups in night clubs. 

Hanley moved to Chicago in 2001 and shortly began playing with some of the finest musicians in the area.  While living there he joined the (Marsalis Music Recording Artist) Doug Wamble Quartet.  The band was based out of New York so Jeff was flying back and forth from Chicago to NY and to many other cities in the U.S. and Europe for gigs.  Although this was his main gig while living there he was included in many other projects in Chicago.  Hanley has been living in NYC for the past two years and has performed/recorded with drummers Jason Marsalis, Ken Peplowski, Kenny Wollenson, and saxophonist Branford Marsalis, among many other great musicians while living there.  Other notable gigs have included playing in Pop bands opening for Gloria Estefan, Fergie, 50 Cent, Duran Duran, Pussycat Dolls, Kanye West, and Carlos Santana.  While living in Chicago Jeff was introduced to Jim Warner through engineer Josh Rickter and has been a member of his project for the past three years playing both electric and acoustic bass and also helping organize/chart his music.  It’s been an incredible experience being part of such an elaborate project ranging in many styles of music and working with the many amazing musicians.  Jeff continues to be a part of the group and plans to tour in the fall of this year.