Jeff Menzies produces gourd, tackhead and minstrel style banjos, African instruments, and just about any other instrument one can imagine. Jeff teaches musical instrument making as an art form at workshops across the US, Canada and Europe.
Jeff creates musical instruments that are more than utilitarian tools to play music. His instruments are functional works of art, a material and historical investigation that balances the play between form and function. He is based out of Kingston, Jamaica, where he produces custom instruments for musicians and museums worldwide. His instruments are in the hands of notable players including Frank Lee, Rafe Stefanini, Mike Seeger, Ray Alden, Chris Wig, Dan Gellert, David Bragger, Joe Ayers, and more.
Jeff’s instruments have been exhibited at the University of Tennessee McClung Museum, and are part of the permanent
collections at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) and the Jamaica Music Museum.