A longtime fixture on the New York, SF Bay Area and European and now Los Angeles jazz and classical scenes, Neumeister has been composing and leading his own groups since 1978.
Ed has recently assembled the crème de la crème of Los Angeles Jazz and Studio musicians into ENJO (Ed Neumeister Jazz Orchestra) to perform and record his works. Mostly commissioned from European Bands and Orchestras, with the exception of a few pieces currently being played by the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra where Neumeister played for almost 20 years, most of the pieces will be heard for the first time in the US including at least one World Premiere written especially for the premiere concert December 22 2008, at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles.
As a composer Neumeister has received commissions from all over the world including: The Metropol Orkest (Netherlands), Hamburg Radio Big Band (Germany), Maribor Opera Orchestra (Slovenia), Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (New York), Milky Saxophone Quintet (Paris) and Sophisticated Ellington Project (Tokyo). He has received three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a grant from the Aaron Copland Fund and Commissions by, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), International Associate for Jazz Education (IAJE), and a Grammy nomination.
He has received three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, commissions by, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), International Associate for Jazz Education (IAJE), and a Grammy nomination.
As a trombonist, Ed performed for 15 years in the Duke Ellington Orchestra under the direction of Mercer Ellington, 19 years with the Mel Lewis Big Band (which during Neumeister’s tenure became the multi Grammy-nominated Vanguard Jazz Orchestra). Neumeister has also performed and recorded with artists ranging from Jerry Garcia to Gerry Mulligan. Though considered by critics as a jazz player given his extensive resumé in that genre, Neumeister’s classical chops are second to none. Over the course of his career he has performed with the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Ballet and many others in and around his native San Francisco Bay area and New York, his home of over 20 years.
Since 1992, Ed has been touring extensively both as a soloist and as a leader of The Ed Neumeister Quartet and The NeuHat Ensemble. Neumeister has recorded seven albums as a leader including modern big band, trombone quartet, chamber trio, jazz quartet and quintet as well as a concerto for cello and big band.