Jeffrey Pitchell is an international recording artist, a dynamic singer, songwriter, an accomplished guitarist and an actor. After many years as a successful musician, Pitchell, was asked to be apart of the film, “Cathedral Pines”, in 2006 playing the role of Bobby.
He grew up in a household where both of his parents were musicians. Mom a vocalist and pianist and dad was a vocalist who played guitar and piano. At the age of 15, Pitchell won the Ovation Guitars contest in 1981 for “Best Guitarist in Connecticut”. It wasn’t long after, that Pitchell won Best Musician and Best Band for the state of Connecticut, and then Best Blues Show for all six New England states.
Pitchell achieved national recognition when his CD, “Heavy Hitter” on Pyramid Records/EMI, reached #7 on the Billboard Charts for twelve weeks. The musicians who contributed to that album are a who’s who in music: Rick Derringer, James Cotton, Clarence Clemons, and Dave Mason. He had worked with Derringer back in 1999 when the two recorded duets for the album produced by Derringer, “One Day Away”.
In 2012, Pitchell released “American Girl” which features songs written for the film of the same title. It was at the personal request of two-time Emmy winner and Oscar Nominee, actor James Woods, that Pitchell penned songs with Grammy-winning co-writers Gary Nicholson (Delbert McClinton) and Jeff Silbar (Wind Beneath My Wings). The album features four songs produced by special guest guitarist J. Geils (including two J.Geils Band classics), other Pitchell originals and some straight-up Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Another accolade in Pitchell’s career is winning two song writing awards from the Great American Song Contest and the International Songwriting Contest (ISC) where one of the judges, John Mayall, renowned blues legend, now includes in his World Tour one of Jeff’s songs, “An Eye for an Eye,” which he also recorded.
Currently, Pitchell is apart of the trio MichaelAllman, Jeff Pitchell, and Grammy winner, Charles Neville, who came together in 2013 through mutual friends and management. The show is called, “The Legends Live On”, and they have been touring the Northeast to sell out shows, adding the daughters of Ray Charles and BB King, Sheilah Raye Charles and Claudette King. There is a CD in the works to be released in March 2016 called Pitchell, Neville, with special guest Michael Allman, which will have many original songs. They have an upcoming show at Johnny D’s Uptown Restaurant, 17 Holland Street in Somerville on Thursday, January 28. There is also a Facebook page for the trio with upcoming dates and news.