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Composer and jazz trombonist Ed Neumeister (born Topeka, Kansas, September 1, 1952) frequently tours Europe, Japan and the U.S. writing for and performing as guest soloist with bands and orchestras as well as performing solo, duo, trio and quartet concerts.
He has given many improvisation, musicianship and brass clinics at most of the major music conservatories in Europe and the U.S.. He leads a trio, quintet and an octet in the New York City area and performs duo concerts with various musical partners.
He was a veteran of many of the major big bands of the 1980s including the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Lionel Hampton, Buddy Rich and Gerry Mulligan. He was a member of Jerry Garcia's band, Reconstruction, in 1979. Ed played with and wrote for the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra (now the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra) from 1981 to 1999. His arrangement of "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" was nominated for a Grammy award in 1991.
Ed has written commissions for groups in the Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Denmark, France, Japan, Israel and the U.S.. His compositions and arrangements are published by Meistero Music. He is Professor of Music at the University of Music and Arts in Graz, Austria and was Head of the Jazz Composition Department in Lucerne, Switzerland from 2000 until 2006.
Neumeister has released several recordings as a leader. He continues to perform and compose creative music.
- LA Times, "The Envelope" Awards database. link. Accessed 2008 April 16.