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Jeremy Udden

Long-time member of the Grammy nominated Either/Orchestra (Matt Wilson, John Mediski and Miguel Zenon among other alumni), Udden recorded three albums with the band and toured Europe, Africa, and around the US a number of times. Twenty records to his credit as a sideman (Accurate, CIMP, Creative Nation Music, Fresh Sound New Talent, Innova) with projects in the jazz, avante-garde, rock, pop, and world music genres, has helped give his music a "wealth of texture and invention" (Terrell Kent Holmes, All About Jazz).

A Boston native and Brooklyn resident, Udden performs his Torchsongs project frequently around New York, the Northeast, and in the past year the West Coast, China, and Scandinavia. His newer Plainville features a more folk-influenced twist, finding a niche on bills with country and folk groups as well as jazz.

Winner of the 2003 Fish-Middleton Jazz Competition in Washington, D.C. and a 2005 ASCAP Young Composer Award finalist, he recently performed at Carnegie Hall's Merkin Hall with Joe Lovano, Dave Leibman and Irene Aebi in tribute to Steve Lacy, and as a guest soloist with Gunther Schuller and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston at Harvard's Sanders Theater.

Udden also performs with Dominique Eade, the Jazz Composer's Alliance, Monika Heidamann, i am the color of dead leaves, Andy Green, Sofia Koutsovitis, Michael Winnograd's Infection, Bruno Raberg and Mulatu Estatke. Over the years, he has shared the stage or studio with Mahmoud Ahmed, Steve Lacy, The Presidents of the United States of America, Juliana Hatfield, Sam Rivers, Maria Schnieder, the Miracle Orchestra, Darcy James Argue, Charlie Kolhase, Tony Malaby, Bill McHenry, John McNeil, John Hollenbeck, to name a few and too many wonderful musicians in New York, Boston, California, Sweden, Italy, Maine, Washington, China, Portugal and Africa to name.

Originally from Plainville, Massachusetts, Udden started playing the saxophone at age 10, and began performing regularly on the Boston club scene at 15 with Big Lick, an eight-piece ska/punk band with two albums and a few US tours to its credit. In high school he was also a member of the All-American Grammy Band.

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"...a distinctive soprano and alto saxophonist with a gorgeous tone and a subtly personal lyricism... Udden ranges from the linear grace of Keith Jarrett-like songs, through equally melodic jazz/rock to some very focused free playing. Somehow, despite his gentle approach, his sheer musical presence imposes a kind of unity on what emerges...Udden lays down a marker as a player who deserves to be much better known." --Ray Comiskey, The Irish Times, 4 stars

"With his beautiful, round soprano tone, saxophonist Udden lends a haunting sheen to tunes spanning the soothingly melodic to the jaggedly free." --Modern Drummer

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Saxophone, alto

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"With audiences, fellow musicians, or students, it's all the same. It's about sharing music and putting something good into the world, and I am grateful for the opportunity to do this every day." --Jeremy Udden An experienced educator, Jeremy Udden has given clinics with the Either/Orchestra at the Yared Music School (Addis Abbaba, Ethiopia), The Jazz School (Yaroslavl, Russia), University of Vermont, Keen State College, Lawrence University, University of Iowa, Cleveland State University, and Webster University

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Three in Paris

Sunnyside Records
2019

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Belleville Project

Sunnyside Records
2015

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If the Past Seems So...

Sunnyside Records
2011

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Plainville

Fresh Sound Records
2009

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Torchsongs

Fresh Sound Records
2006

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Bovina

From: If the Past Seems So Bright
By Jeremy Udden

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