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Eugene Uman

Eugene Uman has performed with Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton, Dave Stryker, George Mraz, Jerry Bergonzi, Chris Vidala, Jeff Galindo, Bobby Sanabria, Carlos Averhoff, Bobby Bradford, Jimmy Heath, Donald Byrd, Billy Pierce, Carl Grubbs, John Lockwood, Pete Yellin, Bob Gullotti, the Rod Levitt Orchestra, the Vermont Jazz Center Big Band (where he serves as musical director) and many others. His current working ensembles are the Convergence Project with cellist Eugene Friesen, trombonist Jeff Galindo, saxophonist Michael Zsoldos, bassist Stomu Takeishi and drummer Satoshi Takeishi. He is also a member of the world music ensemble As Yet Quintet, with percussionists Julian Gerstin and Todd Roach, clarinetist Anna Patton and violinist, Miamon Miller. He also plays with various jazz groups and a “Afro-Caribbean Free Jazz” project called Zabap.

A sample of Uman’s recordings include The Convergence Project, As Yet’s Strange But True, various projects with vocalists including Jill Connolly, Mark Anagnostopulos, Louise Taylor, Spencer Lewis and others. He can be found on recordings by Claire Arenius (When Worlds Touch You), Carlos Averhoff (unreleased), Estados Alterados, Derrik Jordan’s Braziliance and many others.

Uman has written over 120 jazz compositions that have been arranged for various musical ensembles ranging from big band to world music ensembles to rock. Three of Uman’s original compositions were recorded by Latin Jazz star Sammy Figueroa on his 2005 Grammy Nominated CD In Walked Sammy. Uman was commissioned by the Big Band of Medellín to create a composition entitled Blues para Urabá and by the Windham Symphony to create Prelude to Infinity. He is currently writing the music for a collaborative full-scale musical with Stephen Stearns that will be presented at the New England Youth Theater. Uman served as MacDowell Colony Fellow in composition in March of 2011.

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