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Jeff Lederer

clarinet, soprano sax, tenor sax

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Jeff Lederer is a saxophonist and composer who has been living in New York for fifteen years pursuing activities as a performer, teacher and arranger/composer. Born in Los Angeles, he attended Oberlin College, studying comparative religion, and earned the Masters of Music degree from Western Michigan University where he studied composition with Ramon Zupko.

As a saxophonist, he currently tours internationally and records with the acclaimed jazz quartet of drummer Matt Wilson as well as with Salsa artist Jimmy Bosch. As a freelance musician, Jeff has also performed with the Mingus Big Band and Latin music legend Tito Puente. Together with vocalist Mary LaRose, he has produced four recordings for various record labels including Gunther Schuller’s GM Records.

In 2003, his radical re-imagining of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Los Sazones- scored for chamber orchestra and Salsa band, was premeired by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival. The concert was such a success that it was repeated in 2004 on the occasion of Ravinia’s 100th anniversary celebration.

2006 performances of this work will include the Green Bay, Phoenix, and Colorado Symphonies as well as at the legendary Hollywood Bowl. Reviewing the premeire, The Chicago Tribune wrote , “Lederer has created a forum in which both the classical and jazz units could collaborate and exchange ideas-yet without compromising or demeaning either musical language”.

Jeff Lederer continues to work in areas which dramatically cross stylistic boundaries and artistic traditions. In the fall of 2004, Jeff had a premeire of a new work for chorus, winds and percussion by the acclaimed group VocalEssence in Minneapolis and also premeires his own new group, Shakers n’ Bakers, performing his music inspired by the ecstatic musical practices of the Shaker religious sect. In January of 2006 Jeff will have a premeire of a new extended work for big band at the Panama Jazz Festival with pianist Danilo Perez as guest soloist. In the spring of 2006 Jeff will launch his own record label Little (I) Music with new releases by the Shakers n’ Bakers and Mary LaRose. Jeff is active as an educator and clinician, working with students from elementary to University settings. He is an artist-teacher for the Metropolitan Opera Guild in New York City and has also recently conducted workshops/clinics at the University of Texas, Dartmouth College, SUNY Binghamton, the Guimares Festival in Portugal and many others.

Firehouse 12 Performances

Joe Fiedler Quintet Friday, March 24, 2017, 10:00p
Katie Bull Group Project Friday, May 20, 2016, 10:00p
Michael Musillami Trio + 4 Friday, March 30, 2012, 10:00p
Jeff Lederer's Sunwatcher Friday, November 18, 2011, 10:00p
Matt Wilson Quartet Friday, September 25, 2009, 10:00p
Shakers n' Bakers Friday, October 10, 2008, 10:00p

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