Jeff Gitelman is a guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer, and music educator known for his roles as one-third of psych-soul explorers the Stepkids, extensive work as a backing musician and studio collaborator, and occasional activity as a solo artist. Originally from Moldova, Gitelman started playing guitar as a youngster. He emigrated with his family in 1991 to New Haven, Connecticut, and years later graduated from Berklee College of Music. His first gig was as a touring guitarist for Lauryn Hill. By the end of the 2000s, he had worked with Sa-Ra and Alicia Keys, and shortly thereafter formed the Stepkids, who recorded two albums and a few singles for Stones Throw. His session work continued with the likes of Yuna, the Internet, Mary J. Blige, Pharoahe Monch, J. Cole, and Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment through 2015. Across the next two years, Gitelman was busier than ever with an assortment of contributions to albums by Mac Miller, Jeremih, Trey Songz, and Ledisi. As a solo artist, Gitelman has released the tripped-out singles "Weirdo" and "Let Go" for Driftless. In 2017, as Gitty, he self-issued an elastic groove titled "Stranger Than Fiction."
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