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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.

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Interview : April 2012 — Jazz Inside Magazine
Primary Instrument

Sax, tenor

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

5 Photos Slideshow


The Heart Intact

The Heart Intact

Self Produced

Predawn Shenanigans Club

Predawn Shenanigans...

Self Produced

Blue Morpho - To Baden Powell with Love

Blue Morpho - To...

Self Produced

Bed-Stuy Lullaby

Bed-Stuy Lullaby

Wataru Uchida
Predawn Shenanigans Club

Blue Morpho

Blue Morpho

Wataru Uchida
Blue Morpho: To Baden Powell...