• Raquel Cepeda, Jazz Singer

Jeffry Eckels: A Bass Virtuoso With a Genuine Soul


Jeffry Eckels in 2013 during the release of the album 'I'm Confessin'" by Raquel Cepeda. Photo Diana Simonetta.
The notes from his bass were precise. Intentional. Polished. Elegant. Full of heart and soul. A real gift for all of us who shared the stage with him, and beyond us, the audience who benefitted from the energy that invaded us and the synergy that he contributed to create.

Dear friends,

Last Friday I received the heart-wrenching news that a dear friend who was the bassist that recorded my first album “I’m Confessin’”, Jeffry Eckels, had passed away.

I was unconsoled. Even though he lived in a different city, Denton, after the recording and release of the album in 2013, we kept in contact over the years. He had visited my house and stayed overnight when I invited him to participate at two jazz series that I was organizing back in 2017. We had made plans to do more visits, play other shows together.