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Trombonist Oscar Utterström plays his horn with a warm and sensitive
tone. Mixing straight ahead jazz with elements of rock and
electronica, the Oscar’s music is the ultimate experience in
improvised music. Oscar's writing mixes his Swedish roots with the
American and world music, giving the finished product a unique sound.
To top things off, the use of electric trombone and a DJ makes this
group one of the most exciting groups on the scene today. Their second
CD Departure was released in March of 2012.
Oscar is also an active arranger, having written horn arrangements for
many different artists including My Morning Jacket (Bonnaroo and New
Years Eve at Madison Square Garden), Canadian superstar Johnny Reid
(recordings, live DVD), and Nashville Jazz Orchestra.
Oscar started playing the trombone at the age of ten. He began his
musical career at the music school in Växjö. When Oscar was twelve, he
moved with his family to Belgium where he continued playing in various
bands, including blues bands, concert bands and fanfare orchestras.
Oscar studied trombone at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, where he
majored in Music Business/Management. While at Berklee, he was
mentored by the likes of Phil Wilson, Hal Crook, Jeff Galindo, Tiger
Okoshi, Lin Biviano, and Charles Lewis.
Graduating Summa Cum Laude from Berklee, Oscar moved to Nashville
where he worked as a Production Assistant at The Sessions Agency on
Music Row before deciding to get his masters in Jazz Studies at Middle
Tennessee State University. He again graduated Summa Cum Laude in May
of 2005. Through Middle Tennessee State University Oscar had the
privilege to play with masters such as Jim McNeely, Benny Golson, Carl
Allen, and Eddie Daniels.
Today, Oscar is very active on the music scene in the southeastern US.
Internationally he has performed in Canada, China, South Korea, and
Europe. As a freelance trombonist, Oscar has had the opportunity to
perform with acts such as Kelly Clarkson, Johnny Reid, the
Temptations, Wycliffe Gordon, Jeff Coffin, David “Fathead” Newman,
Nils Landgren, Kirk Whalum, the Four Tops, My Morning Jacket, and the
Contact Oscar for gigs, various arrangements (big band, combo, etc.),
and for private instruction.