A true, original voice in jazz.
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I grew up in Billings, MT as the youngest son of a Junior High School Band Director and was involved in music in the public school system. Although I preferred football to band, it didn't take me long to realize that short, slow country boys who can't catch don't get to ball college football. Of course I didn't know what to do after high school so I worked some jobs around the NW and eventually enlisted in the Marines.
They found out I played sax and sent me to the Armed Forces School of Music and stationed me in the Marine Field Band at 29 Palms, CA. While I can't say it was all fun and games; I can say I play over 400 shows a year and learned how an organization is supposed to run.
But being a Montanan I was given to heeding my own advice and decided one tour was enough. I moved to Portland, OR in 1994 and studied music at a small college. I started my own band, Miles Ahead, which lasted 8 years. We released 1 album (Milepost 1) and one digital only album (Live at the Zebra). We worked all over Portland and toured in Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. In the last year of Miles Ahead I started the Noah Peterson Quartet and released my first solo album in January 2004, "The Noah Peterson Quartet Live at Biddy McGraw's" which went on to extensive airplay throughout the U.S. and limited airplay throughout the world. It was "A Downbeat Featured CD" and has subsequently sold out.
Since then I've played and recorded in jazz, blues, zydeco, folk, funk, gospel, experimental, avante garde, African, reggae and rock bands playing as a sideman, band leader, section leader. I composing, arranging and produce records. I've had many musical projects having all sorts of adventures. Most recently doing poetry and jazz concerts and performing more and more of my own original music in small combos and for unaccompanied saxophone.
My records still pop up on the airwaves here and there. I'm writing, recording, producing and more. Please come see a show and buy a recording. It's amazing what can happen when artists make art.
My Jazz Story
Music should be fun. It should move you. I want my music to give life to the listener and brighten their day.
- Joe Henderson - Double Rainbow