Ed Neumeister

Ed Neumeister


The Ed Neumeister Quartet: composed and improvised chamber jazz at the highest level.


A longtime fixture on the New York and SF Bay jazz and classical scenes, composer, conductor and trombonist,Ed Neumeister has been composing and leading his own groups since 1978.

As a composer he has received commissions from all over the world including:
The Metropol Orkest (Netherlands), Hamburg Radio Big Band (Germany), Maribor Opera Orchestra (Slovenia), Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (New York), Milky Saxophone Quintet (Paris) and Sophisticated Ellington Project (Tokyo). Neumeister freely mixes the styles of funk, jazz, classical and world music in his compositions.

He has received three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, commissions by, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), International Associate for Jazz Education (IAJE), and a Grammy nomination.

As a trombonist, Ed performed for 15 years in the Duke Ellington Orchestra under the direction of Mercer Ellington, 19 years with the Mel Lewis Big Band (which during Neumeister’s tenure became the multi Grammy-nominated Vanguard Jazz Orchestra). Neumeister has also performed and recorded with artists ranging from Jerry Garcia to Gerry Mulligan. Though considered by critics as a jazz player given his extensive resumé in that genre, Neumeister’s classical chops are second to none. Over the course of his career he has performed with the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Ballet and many others in and around his native San Francisco Bay area and New York, his home of over 20 years.

Since 1992, Ed has been touring extensively both as a soloist and as a leader of The Ed
Neumeister Quartet and The NeuHat Ensemble. The current Ed Neumeister Quartet featuring pianist Fritz Pauer, bassist Drew Gress and drummer John Hollenbeck has been together more than 6 years now.

Neumeister has recorded seven albums as a leader including modern big band, trombone quartet, chamber trio, jazz quartet and quintet as well as a concerto for cello and big band.

The Ed Neumeister Quartet recording, Reflection, a joint project of his own label Meistero Music Records and artistShare, a community of progressive-minded musicians he joined in 2006, was released last September 2006. He is currently in the planning and fundraising stages of his latest artistShare project, an 18-piece hybrid ensemble fusing 21st century classical, jazz, funk and freely improvised music with musicians of equally diverse backgrounds. This group is called the NeuHat Ensemble.

The NeuHat Ensemble

The NeuHat Ensemble is a group that defies categorization. The group’s debut, “Wake Up Call,” was performed by New York-based players assembled and conducted by Neumeister in January 2006 at the 23rd Annual IAJE Conference (a joint commission by ASCAP and IAJE). The piece was composed and performed in honor of Ornette Coleman.

Since that historic concert, the NeuHat Ensemble has been the centerpiece of Ed Neumeister’s artistShare (www.edneumeister.com) website as well as his recent composition work. You can listen to both ArtistShare projects on Ed’s radio player.

Ed currently splits his time between Los Angeles & Austria.


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Written By: Ed Neumeister



"Reflection" ArtistShare
"New Standards" MeisteroMusic
"Metro Music" Timscraper Records
"Mohican and the Great Spirit" TCB Records
"Here & There" Mons Records
"Collage" TNC Records
"Fantasy for Cello & Big Band" Ars Produktions

Set List

In the audio section you can hear pieces from our latest release "Reflection".