Jeffrey Sebastian Washburn grew up in North Miami Beach, Florida. His parents, both musicians, had Jeff singing in church from an early age and at the age of ten, following in his father’s footsteps, Jeff began learning to play the guitar. As a teenager, Jeff began to hone his style, drawing on influences from Queen, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, and Aerosmith, to Prince, Eric Johnson, and Joe Satriani.
While in college, Jeff continued nonstop voice and guitar performance and it was during his studies that he was chosen to receive a scholarship and featured position within the college's a cappella performance ensemble. Jeff holds two BFA degrees in Sequential Art and Media, and Performing Arts from The Savannah College of Art & Design.
Jeff now calls New York City home. He has become a regular performer at such institutions as the Laurie Beechman Theater, The Triad Theater, The Canal Room, and Joe’s Pub.
When Blue Jupiter's touring schedule schedule allows, Jeff teaches guitar and voice and performs with one of his 10+ bands at night. Sundays often find him leading the congregation in song at Our Lady of Refuge Church. On those few occasions when Jeff isn't performing or teaching, you'll find him engaged in web site design and freelance graphic design work.
Voice Part: rockin' tenor
Role in the band: ray of sunshine
Nicknames: new guy; Dry-crash
Favorite Food: Italian
Favorite Drink: Milk. It does a body good.
Favorite Candy: Reese's Pieces
Favorite Movie: Star Wars
Favorite TV Show: LOST!!!
Proudest Accomplishment: Giving man the gift of fire. Wait. That was Prometheus. For me: Living my dream of being a professional performer.
Most memorable moment in Blue Jupiter: Learning my part to 12 songs in 2 days when I first joined the group; and SingStrong!
Three things people don't know about you:
Something on your bucket list: When I was 16 my family went to Italy; I REALLY want to go back, now that I've gone through art school, and see all the great artwork I studied about.