Jeff Bernstein helped create The Orchard Thieves which was born out of a collaboration of Jeff and his band members D Patrick, Josh Boelter, and Vin Aliberto in 2004. In 2006 the band parted ways, after having played all over NYC.
Jeff’s passion for music started at a young age, after listening to the Beatles’ Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds over and over again on his Fisher-Price. He was mesmerized. In high school he discovered Led Zeppelin and New Wave and started to soak up music like a sponge, it didn’t matter what genre. Jeff made a writing style that borrowed from things he liked out of all the genres, adapting it into his own style.
Jeff Bernstein's style is a European meets Americana. He can write a 7 minute instrumental funk song and a 4 minute rock song and be equally happy with both. Jeff has such a passion for music that he feels like he never had a choice in the matter, music chose him. He never had any motivation to play someone else’s music, he only wanted to write his own and he’s been writing since he was 19 years old. The music is familiar in sound but unique in its writing. He weaves a sonic tapestry in each song that exists both on its own and as an album.
Jeff has performed at such famous venues as the Cutting Room, Canal Room, Sin-E, The Mercury Lounge, The Village Underground, Bowery Ballroom, and The Bitter End. Jeff has shared the stage with Rachel Platten, Diane Birch, Leslie Mendelson and Scott Metzger. Jeff has also shared the stage with Steve Holley (Wings, Paul McCartney, Elton John) and Kevin Bents and Jon Herrington (Steely Dan).
Recently Jeff Bernstein teamed up with accomplished producer Russ DeSalvo and is in the process of finishing his new album due fall of 2017.