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Wataru Uchida

Wataru Uchida is a saxophonist and composer. Wataru studied basic saxophone technique and jazz composition with Chico Freeman, and has been leading his jazz projects in New York since 2003.

In 2010, Wataru released his first CD Blue Morpho, recorded with NY-based Brazilian jazz rhythm section players, Romero Lubambo, Helio Alvis, Nilson Matta, Cafe Da Silva, and Ze Mauricio. The album is dedicated to Barden Powell, the legendary Brazilian guitarist.

In 2015, Wataru has recorded his original compositions with Abelita Mateus, Itaiguara Brandão, and Vanderlei Pereira. The album, "Predawn Shenanigans Club", is an old school one-room recording product. There is no studio manipulation by modern technology such as overdub, punch-in, or cut & paste. His new CD is available now.

Wataru has ever played with Bill Saxton, Abelita Mateus, Vitor Gonçalves, Alex Layne, Itaiguara Brandão, Gustavo Amarante, Oleg Osenkov, Amanda Ruzza, Eduardo Belo, Rogerio Boccato, Vanderlei Pereira, Fernando Saci, Alexandre Kautz, and many of excellent jazz artists.

Besides his project, Wataru has been supported Tocho Swing Beats Jazz Big Band and ever performed at Birdland, Jazz Standard, and Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York.

May 15, 2010, Wataru performed at Museum of the City of New York, leading his quintet with the selected Japanese jazz performers in New York, as a part of events that celebrated 150 years anniversary of Japan-U.S. trade.


Interview : April 2012 — Jazz Inside Magazine
Primary Instrument

Saxophone, tenor


New York City

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


Skype Private Lesson
Customized lessons via internet chat system. Anytime you are comfortable, anyone who can communicate in English

($30~45 / 1 hour)
Breath & embouchure
Reading music
Proper Fingering & posture
Scale & basic jazz Harmony

($35~60 / 1.5hours)
How to learn jazz tunes without visual
Ear training for jazz improvisation
Analysis of bebop solo development (Charlie Parker)
Pentatonic scales (application to chords, step &skip)

($60~90 / 1.5hours)
Style analysis of jazz giants
John Coltrane (early era & Coltrane change), Wayne Shorter(harmonic devices, space in solo) Or any jazz saxophonist you want to study

Gene Ammons
saxophone, tenor
Chico Freeman


Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

The Heart Intact

Self Produced


Predawn Shenanigans...

Self Produced


Blue Morpho - To...

Self Produced


Bed-Stuy Lullaby

From: Predawn Shenanigans Club
By Wataru Uchida

Blue Morpho

From: Blue Morpho: To Baden Powell...
By Wataru Uchida


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