Jeff digs through the KCOU stacks after a 1996 all-staff meeting.

Jody Stephens

So sad and sorry to hear about Jeff. He was certainly one of the two pivotal players that launched new possibilities for Big Star….about 17 years worth of shows. However, it wasn’t only our performances that followed but the wonderful relationships that developed from them.
I am thankful on a daily basis for his and Mike’s contribution to all that developed for Big Star post April 1993.

Bob Downing

Photo by Caryl Kientz

Aug. 16, 2021: In honor of Jeff’s 48th birthday (Aug. 26, 1973), we’re pleased to begin a four-part look at “Evening Edition,” a radio program that Jeff periodically co-hosted with host Bob Downing from 6-7 p.m. Mondays in 1997 and 1998 on KOPN/89.5 FM in downtown Columbia, MO.  “Evening Edition” came on every weeknight on KOPN, but Bob’s show examined television (specifically free broadcasts you could get in Columbia without cable). These four episodes are part of a larger collection of tapes that Bob recently salvaged from his closet and loaned to Breeze Tributes to be digitized. Until recently, they hadn’t been listened to in 23 years.
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Brian Sennett

As an MIT alum, I feel WMBR is a community that represents everything I love about MIT culture and is also a window outside of the MIT “bubble” into many of the things that I love about the greater Boston area. So any time I stuck my head out of the bubble and got to know one of our community DJs, it was an opportunity to learn. It took me a while to do that with Jeff — I learned of him almost immediately when I joined the station as a sophomore, but he seemed like such a giant, such an Important Boston Music Scene Figure, that I didn’t even think I was on his level.

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Christian Klepac

Growing up in Columbia, MO, my life was greatly impacted by a small handful of people who were deeply passionate about music and deeply committed to sharing their knowledge, experience and enthusiasms with others. Jeff Breeze was one of those people. Continue reading “Christian Klepac”

J. Nardy

I first met Jeff around 1995 or 1996 in Columbia, MO. I was 15/16, and my friends and I, usually some combination of Justin McCrady, Morgan Burnham, Drew Simpson, and Dan Browning would go downtown and hit up all the record stores. We would make stops at Streetside, Salt of The Earth and, of course, Whizz Records, where Jeff worked. Continue reading “J. Nardy”

Jeff Carrillo

I saw Breeze a lot during my first few years in Columbia, but we never actually had a conversation. Then we were in the group deciding the KCOU Top 88 tracks for the annual broadcast. It was pretty pretentious in hindsight, but it was fun to have a specific reason to talk/argue about bands for an evening with friends. I remember someone saying “Who the fuck are the Flying Burrito Brothers?” and giving a quick rundown of their biography, and then looking at Breeze next to me, as if I was looking for validation or repudiation. He just nodded and said, “Yeah, that’s pretty much it,” and I felt a little triumphant.

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Jess Begans

I met Jeff Breeze when I was just 20 years old, in 2005. I was starstruck. We all were. My boyfriend and I were living in a house with his bandmates in the Mad River Valley in Vermont for the summer. It was a gross pseudo punk house – the fleas were so bad my boyfriend had 70 bites on his skin. The band was called Little Wooden Men. They were famous for rolling their CD sleeves around in literal horseshit (literal horseshit!!! From a horse. At a farm!!!) before sending them to reviewers.
And by famous, I mean, they were not famous at all and got almost no airplay or coverage because their music was abrasive and their CD sleeve was covered in, let me repeat, literal horseshit.
The only person to give them a chance? Jeff Breeze. Continue reading “Jess Begans”

Jesse Sterling Harrison

I met Jeff when I went to Columbia, MO to work on David Wilson’s short feature film in 1996. Jeff was always around the thriving band scene in Columbia, and I jumped in myself, playing with a bunch of guys and joining the band Product 19. Lincoln from Product 19 was good friends with Jeff. I honestly have no idea whether Jeff was going to Mizzou, or working, or if so what his job was…he was always exploring, deconstructing and sharing music. And he was a consistently cheerful, helpful, welcoming guy who always wanted to help the locals get their
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