Oscar Utterström Quintet

Oscar Utterström Quintet

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Oscar's writing mixes his Swedish roots with the American jazz tradition and rock, giving the finished product a unique sound. To top things off, the use of electric trombone and a DJ makes this group one of the most exciting groups on the scene today.

Biography

Trombonist Oscar Utterström plays his horn with a warm and sensitive tone. Mixing straight ahead jazz with elements of rock and electronica, the Oscar Utterström Quintet is the ultimate experience in improvised music. Oscar's writing mixes his Swedish roots with the American jazz tradition, giving the finished product a unique sound. To top things off, the use of electric trombone and a DJ makes this group one of the most exciting groups on the scene today. Their new CD Home was released in May of 2008.

Oscar is also an active arranger, having written horn arrangements for many different artists including jazz vocalist Christina Watson and My Morning Jacket (Bonnaroo and New Years Eve at Madison Square Garden).

Oscar started playing the trombone at the age of ten. He began his musical career at the music school in Växjö. When Oscar was twelve, he moved with his family to Belgium where he continued playing in various bands, including blues bands, concert bands and fanfare orchestras.

Oscar studied trombone at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, where he majored in Music Business/Management. While at Berklee, he was mentored by the likes of Phil Wilson, Hal Crook, Jeff Galindo, Tiger Okoshi, Lin Biviano, and Charles Lewis.

Graduating Summa Cum Laude from Berklee, Oscar moved to Nashville where he worked as a Production Assistant at The Sessions Agency on Music Row before deciding to get his masters in Jazz Studies at Middle Tennessee State University. He again graduated Summa Cum Laude in May of 2005. Through Middle Tennessee State University Oscar had the privilege to play with masters such as Jim McNeely, Benny Golson, Carl Allen, and Eddie Daniels.

Today, Oscar is very active on the music scene in the southeastern US. Internationally he has performed in China, South Korea, and Europe. When not performing with his own group, he can be heard with groups such as Afinke Salsa Orchestra, the Christina Watson Quintet, Halfbrass, and the Nashville Jazz Orchestra. As a freelance trombonist, Oscar has had the opportunity to perform with acts such as Kelly Clarkson, My Morning Jacket, the Temptations, Wycliffe Gordon, Jeff Coffin, David “Fathead” Newman, Nils Landgren, Kirk Whalum, and the Four Tops.

Discography

Oscar Utterstrom Quintet: Home - Right Turn Records 2008
The Dynamites: Burn It Down, 2009
Sarah Williams: Ruby, 2009
The New Whole Usuals: Me and the Machine Records to be released 2010
Christina Watson Quintet: A Flower Truly Blue - Right Turn Records 2008
Lindsay George: Living Inside Out 2008
Chris West: Jazzmanic 2007
Christina Watson: All About Love - Right Turn Records 2004
Halfbrass: Come On Down - hb Records 2003

Set List

Sample set list:
Set I
Home
Light Persists
Ragnar
Open Secret

Set II
Le vent et le soleil
4th Avenue
Päronsoda
Eternal Being

Sets are usually between 45min to 1 hour.

Other original OUQ tunes:
- Realite
- Generations
- Blue Knights
- Blusigt
- Rain
- Gratitude

Covers:
- Wicked Game (C. Isaac)
- Believe, Beleft, Below (E. Svensson)
- From Gagarin's Point of View (E. Svensson)
- Touch Me I'm Going to Scream pt 2 (My Morning Jacket)