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Jeff Lederer


Jeff Lederer is a New York based saxophonist, clarinetist, composer and educator whose work crosses the genres of jazz, Latin and Creative Improvised music. In 2013-16 he has been named in both the critics and Readers Polls of Downbeat Magazine recognizing his work on tenor and alto saxophones and clarinet.  He has worked for many years in the Matt Wilson Quartet and the Grammy nominated ensembles of Bobby Sanabria and Salsa trombonist Jimmy Bosch. He has recorded for Gunther Schuller’s GM Recordings, CIMP Records, Palmetto Records and his own Little (i) Music label.  His quartet “Sunwatcher” made its debut in 2011 on the Jazzheads label featuring Buster Williams on bass, Jamie Saft on piano and Matt Wilson, drums.  His longstanding ensemble “Shaker n’ Bakers” performs modern jazz interpretations of the Vision songs of the Shaker religious sect and has released two recordings of Shaker music and performed at the World Festival of Sacred Music in Los Angeles.

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Jeff’s cross-stylistic composition/arranging projects include “Los Sazones”, a salsa re-imagining of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” which was commissioned by the Ravinia Festival for the Chicago Symphony and has been performed by many major orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl.  His other cross-genre works have been performed by Brooklyn Rider String Quartet and the well-known new music chorus “Vocal Essence”.  2016-17 plans include work on a new opera in the Salsa/Baroque genre.

New jazz projects for 2016 include a new recording and tours with the Honey Ear Trio with drummer Allison Miller and bassist Rene Hart and touring with his new ensemble, “The Brooklyn Blowhards”- a brass/percussion band that plays sea shanties and Albert Ayler compositions that was featured in an extensive NY Times article, as well as in features in Downbeat, Jazziz and Jazztimes magazines.  Jeff is featured in a October JazzTimes article on the legacy of iconic free jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler.

Jeff has performed at numerous major jazz festivals including the Newport Jazz Festival, JVC Jazz Festival , Monterey Jazz Festival, Litchfield Jazz Festival, Pori Jazz Festival, Moldes Jazz, Guimaraes Festival (Portugal), Tiempo Latino (France) and many, many others. In 2013 Jeff performed a duo concert with drummer Allison Miller at the mainspace of the San Francisco Jazz Center.  In 2010 he was invited as a special guest to perform spontaneous improvisations with the pianist Shahin Novrasli at the Baku Jazz Festival in Azerbaijan.

As an educator, Jeff has worked with Jazz At Lincoln Center where he was featured in the 2010 Jazz for Young People Concert “What is Free Jazz?”. He has taught workshops and residencies in jazz and saxophone at the University of Miami, New England Conservatory, Dartmouth College, SUNY Binghamton, University of Northern Iowa and many other leading jazz departments. In 2009 he performed as a guest soloist with the Ellington competition winning Roosevelt High School Band (Seattle). Lederer also works as a music curriculum consultant and is the author of the Childrens’ Orchestral Repetoire Project (Ch.O.R.D.).  Jeff was chief arranger/co-producer of the recording “We-Bop – A Family Jazz Party” for the Jazz at Lincoln Center organization.

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