Jeremy Udden

Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Jeremy Udden

Long-time member of the Grammy nominated Either/Orchestra (Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson
Matt Wilson
, John Mediski and Miguel Zenon
Miguel Zenon
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). ...
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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

“...echoes of reedman Jimmy Giuffre on those early tracks, in their calm, quiet accessibility... The package coheres nicely, and shows a side of Udden not much on display with the Either/Orchestra - one both cooler and more pop-oriented.” --Bill Beuttler, Boston Globe

“No longhair abstract jazz purist, Udden's music comes across as melodic and accessible.” --Rick Foster, The Sun Chronicle

“After the acoustic-jazz openers, the album takes a sharp left turn on 'Fish Lake' with two electric guitars (Tim Miller and Ben Monder) and Fender Rhodes keyboard (Leo Genovese). With it's broad, majestic guitar chords and emphatic backbeat, it's one of the albums standouts.” --Jon Garelick, Boston Phoenix

“The Boston soprano player has earned kudos in New England, impressing Either/Orchestra fans with a lithe sound and insightful solos. His Torchsongs is a small wonder, full of color and daring.” --Jim Macnie, Village Voice

“A hush settles as Jeremy Udden, with that unearthly tone of his, takes a solo with just pianist Greg Burk and some quiet drumming behind him. The solo is quite abstract and could easily be accepted as advanced jazz. The percussion starts coalescing and the tension rises, Udden starts playing multiphonics, the band plays interjections behind him, and the music on the pedal point reaches an almost excruciating tension until the main tune reappears again to wild applause.” --Budd Kopman, All About Jazz

“..the furiously pased 'Fast Edd'...was absolutely made by the seemingly unquenchable sound of Jeremy Udden (small man, big sound!) on alto saxophone.” --Philip Songa, The Moniter (Kampala, Uganda)

“...Yezemed Yebada had E/O venturing past cross-cultural research to forge a triad of Latin grooves over which alto player Jeremy Udden soloed in near-rapture...” --Frank-John Hadley, Downbeat Magazine

“Udden revealed keen instincts...underplaying or hitting hard at the right moments.” --Bob Blumenthal, Boston Globe

“...Jeremy Udden's alto sax solo set a tropical mood, prompting one woman in a red satin skirt to wiggle onto the dance floor.” --Larry Appelbaum, JazzTimes

“His gift is quite rare. He has his own approach, with a clearly and rapidly growing development taking shape...leading perhaps, to an important synthesis of styles, and a highly personal improvising language.” --Steve Lacy

“...[Udden] is among the best players in town...” --Jon Garelick, Boston Phoenix

“Udden has a touch of Ornette grafted onto contemporary chromatic modalities and a little of the tone of Lee Konitz.” --Grego Applegate Edwards, Cadence Magazine

“His playing is full of surprises and passion. Jeremy is very creative and is developing a personal approach from a variety of models.” --Russ Gershon, Accurate Records

  • If the Past Seems So Bright

    Sunnyside Records
  • Plainville

    Fresh Sound New Talent
  • Torchsongs

    Fresh Sound New Talent

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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. He has given clinics on improvisation at the King Philip Regional High School and Blackstone-Millville Regional High School, and has been a guest ensemble and classroom teacher at the University of Rhode Island, the New England Conservatory of Music, the Longy School of Music, and Emerson College. A Jazz Faculty member at the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School in Boston from 2000-2005, Udden currently teaches at the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights, and is a regular faculty member of the Maine Jazz Camp. He has taught jazz privately and in schools for 12 years. A graduate of the New England Conservatory (BM, MM Jazz Performance with a "Concentration in Education), Udden studied with Steve Lacy, Charlie Banacos, Jerry Bergonzi, Allan Chase, Bob Brookmeyer, Danilo Perez, Paul Bley, Fred Hersch, George Garzone, Lee Konitz, and George Russell.

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Featured recording “If the Past Seems So Bright”

If the Past Seems So Bright
Sunnyside Records (2011)
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