Jeff Oster

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Jeff Oster
Jeff Oster TRUE Headshot.jpg
Background information
Born (1957-05-31)May 31, 1957
Danville, Illinois, U.S.
Origin Alameda California
Genres New-age, acoustic, electronica, jazz, classical
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Flugelhorn, trumpet
Labels Retso
Website www.jeffoster.com

Jeff Oster is an American brass instrument player who has recorded flugelhorn or trumpet with artists such as William Ackerman, founder of Windham Hill Records. He got his start in the Coral Gables (Florida) Senior High School Band of Distinction playing under William "Uncle Willie" Ledue.

2004–2005: At Last and Released[edit]

In 2004, Oster and Will Ackerman collaborated on, and Ackerman produced, Oster's four-track EP, At Last, and followed this with his CD Released in 2005. Released won the 2005 Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album awards at the NAR Lifestyle Music Awards presented by NewAgeReporter.com, a music airplay tracking website. At Last, co-written by Jeff Oster and Will Ackerman, and performed by Jeff Oster, Will Ackerman, Philip Aaberg and Happy Rhodes, also won the Best New Age Song award at the 5th Independent Music Awards.[1] Listeners of the national radio program Echoes voted Released as its 6th-place winner for The 2005 Listeners Poll,[2] and the Echoes staff chose it as one of the 25 Essential Echoes CDs for 2007, at #18.[3] Also appearing on Released are Jeff Pearce (American artist), Charlie Bisharat, Philip Aaberg, Gregory Douglass, Bryan Carrigan, Taylor Barefoot, Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, Jeremy Mendicino, and Happy Rhodes.

2007: True[edit]

In 2007, Will Ackerman produced True, which features music composed by Oster and Ackerman, Ugandan vocalist Samite, Jan Pulsford and Patrick Gorman, and guest performances from Michael Manring, Philip Aaberg, Eugene Friesen, Keith Carlock, Jan Pulsford, Patrick Gorman, Samite, Derrik Jordan, Bryan Carrigan and singers Melissa Kaplan from Splashdown, and Noah Wilding.

In December 2007, one of the songs from True, the composition "Saturn Calling", written and arranged by Oster, and mixed by engineers Bruce Swedien and Corin Nelsen, won the Best New Age Song award at the 2008 Independent Music Awards.[4] Listeners of the national radio program Echoes voted True as its 10th-place winner for The 2007 Listeners Poll,[5] and the Echoes staff chose it as one of the 25 Essential Echoes CDs for 2007.[6] True won the 2007 NAR Lifestyle Music Awards for Album Of The Year and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album in March 2008. In 2009, Echoes listeners voted True No. 88 of the 200 CDs for 20 Years of Echoes poll

On April 23, 2008, NASA and JPL added a profile of Jeff Oster[7] and his song "Saturn Calling" to the NASA and Cassini-Huygens websites. "Saturn Calling" includes a sound excerpt from the Cassini spacecraft's recording of the auroras of Saturn.

On January 25, 2011, Jace Vek created a symphonic remix [8] of Saturn Calling.

2011: Surrender[edit]

Jeff Oster has completed work on a new album in Los Angeles, California. Produced by Bryan Carrigan and Jeff Oster, the album is called Surrender, and was released on August 16, 2011 on Retso Records.[9] Also appearing on Surrender is vocalist Diane Arkenstone.

In September, 2011, Echoes, the nationally syndicated radio program hosted by John Diliberto chose Surrender as its September CD of the Month.[10] In September and October 2011, Surrender reached #1 on the Zone Music Reporter New Age/Ambient radio charts [11][12]

On December 6, 2011, Surrender was chosen by the staff at Echoes as one of the Top 25 Essential CDs of 2011, ranking it at #12 [13] The listeners of Echoes voted Surrender as its 7th most popular CD on the Best of Echoes 2011 Listeners Poll on December 12, 2011 [14]

On February 12, 2012, Surrender was nominated by broadcasters worldwide for Album of the Year and Best Chill/Groove Album for the 2011 ZMR Awards at ZoneMusicReporter.com[15]

On March 8, 2012, Surrender was nominated for Best New Age Album, and Beautiful Silence, a track from Surrender was nominated for Best New Age Song at the 11th Annual Independent Music Awards.[16]

On March 11, 2012, Surrender won the ZMR Music Award for Album of the Year and Best Chill/Groove Album for the 2011 ZMR Awards,at ZoneMusicReporter.com [17]

2014: Next[edit]

On July 27, 2014, Jeff announced that he has begun work on a new album to be released in early 2015.[18] The new album will be called Next.[19] He will again be working with producer William Ackerman, engineered by Tom Eaton who also plays synth, bass guitar and keys. The new album will include guest performances from Nile Rodgers, Chuck Rainey, Tony Levin and Michael Manring on bass, Bernard Purdie on drums, Catherine Marie Charlton and Philip Aaberg on piano, singers Melissa Kaplan from Universal Hall Pass and Noah Wilding, and Shambhu Vineberg, Will Ackerman, Carl Weinberg, Scott Tarulli, Todd Boston and Taylor Barefoot on guitar, Britt Brady and Ricky Kej on loop and track programming, Vanil Veigas on sarangi and Jeff Taboloff on saxophone.[20] Principal recording begins on October 20, 2014 at Imaginary Road Studios in Windham County, Vermont. Principal recording has been completed and Next will be mastered on March 20, 2015 by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering in Portland, ME. Next will be released on April 14, 2015. In May and June 2015, Next reached #1 on the Zone Music Reporter New Age/Ambient radio charts [21][22] Next has been nominated for Album of the Year, and Best Chill/Groove Album at Zone Music Reporter [23] On May 7, 2016, Next was chosen by broadcasters as the Album of the Year and Best Chill/Groove Album at Zone Music Reporter [24]

2016: Jeff Oster LIVE![edit]

On July 19, 2016, Jeff released a live album, Jeff Oster LIVE!, It is his first live album. It was recorded at the Fenix Supper Club in San Rafael CA. [25] This album featured Michael Manring on bass, Todd Boston on guitar, Celso Alberti on drums, Frank Martin on keys, Jeff Ryan Taboloff on sax, and Roberta Donnay on vocals. [26] Jeff Oster LIVE! was nominated for Best Live Album at the 15th Annual Independent Music Awards [27]

2018: Reach[edit]

On August 31, 2018, Jeff announced that he is releasing Reach, his fifth full-length studio album on October 5, 2018 [28] Reach is produced by Grammy Award winning pianist Ruslan Sirota. It was recorded in Los Angeles, CA., and features performances from Tamir Barzilay on drums, Benjamin J. Shepherd on bass, Robyn Ghosh on guitar, Pete Korpela on percussion and Ruslan Sirota on piano, keyboards and vocals. Additional guest artists include Jenni Asher on erhu, Ravichandra Kulur on bansuri and Drew Allsbrook on vocals. Reach was mixed by Yan Perchuk at Vibrant Productions in Los Angeles and mastered by Tom Eaton at Imaginary Road Studios in Newburyport, MA. [29]

Collaborations[edit]

Oster has played flugelhorn or trumpet on albums by Karen Marie Garrett, Rory Sullivan, Kathy Moxham, Matt Millecchia, Kori Linae Carothers, Lawrence Blatt, Will Ackerman, Fiona Joy Hawkins, Rocky Fretz, Stanton Lanier, Frank Smith, Garneau, Ann Sweeten, Dana Cunningham, Tim Gaetano, Bob Belden, Shambhu Vineberg, Heidi Breyer, Ann Licater, River Donaghey, Jamie Bonk, Catherine Marie Charlton, Robert Linton, Peter Jennison, Ronnda Cadle, Laura Sullivan, Carl Weingarten, Jennifer DeFrayne, Louis Colaiannia, Angelo Rapan, Masako, Darlene Koldenhoven, Erik Scott, Tom Eaton, Jamie Bonk, Al Jewer and Andy Mitran, Neil Tatar, Richard Carr, Elise Lebec, Anne Trenning, Amie Penwell, Silvia Nakkach, Dyan Garris, Gina Linee and Paul Avgerinos Deepak Chopra and Kabir Sehgal [30]

On Friday December 6, 2013 the 56th Annual Grammy Awards nominations were announced. [31] Jeff played trumpet and flugelhorn on two of the nominated recordings. The two nominated albums are Love's RiverLaura Sullivan, nominated for the Grammy Award for Best New Age Album and Pete Seeger: The Storm King; Stories, Narratives, Poems. by Pete Seeger, nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album

On January 26, 2014 Love's RiverLaura Sullivan, won the 56th Annual Grammy Award for Best New Age Album


Jeff is a founding member of the New Age band Flow.[32] Flow (stylised as FLOW) is an American New Age music group consisting of pianist/vocalist Fiona Joy from Australia, guitarist Lawrence Blatt, trumpeter and flugelhornist Jeff Oster, and guitarist William Ackerman all from the United States. On October 7, 2017, they released their debut album Flow at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City. [33]

Flow was nominated for and won two Zone Music Reporter awards, ’Album of the Year’ and ‘Best Contemporary Instrumental Album’, at 14th Annual ZMR Awards show on May 12, 2018 at Loyola University's Roussel Hall in New Orleans.[34][35]

The album also won the ‘New Age Album of the Year’ at the 16th annual Independent Music Awards show at New York City's Lincoln Center on April 3, 2018.[36]


Discography[edit]

  • At Last (Retso, 2004)
  • Released (Retso, 2005)
  • True (Retso, 2007)
  • Surrender (Retso, 2011)
  • Next (Retso, 2015)
  • Live! (Retso, 2016)
  • Reach (Retso, 2018)

References[edit]

  1. ^ 5th Annual Independent Music Awards - Winners Archived 2009-02-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ The Echoes 2005 Listeners Poll
  3. ^ 25 Essential Echoes CDs for 2005
  4. ^ 7th Annual Independent Music Awards - Winners Archived 2009-03-06 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ The Echoes 2007 Listeners Poll
  6. ^ 25 Essential Echoes CDs for 2007
  7. ^ Profile of Jeff Oster
  8. ^ Saturn Calling (The Jace Vek Remix
  9. ^ Jeff Oster Official Website
  10. ^ Echoes Blog
  11. ^ Zone Music Reporter - September 2011 Top 100 Chart
  12. ^ Zone Music Reporter - October 2011 Top 100 Chart
  13. ^ 25 Essential Echoes CDs for 2011
  14. ^ The Best of Echoes 2011 Listeners Poll
  15. ^ Zone Music Reporter - 2011 ZMR Award Nominees
  16. ^ 11th Annual Independent Music Awards - Nominees
  17. ^ - 2011 ZMR Award Winners Archived 2012-03-02 at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ 7/27/14 Tumblr blog post
  19. ^ 10/3/14 Tumblr blog post
  20. ^ 9/28/14 Tumblr blog post
  21. ^ Zone Music Reporter - May 2015 Top 100 Chart
  22. ^ Zone Music Reporter - June 2015 Top 100 Chart
  23. ^ 2015 ZMR Award Nominees
  24. ^ 2015 ZMR Award Winners
  25. ^ Fenix Calendar October 15, 2015
  26. ^ Jeff Oster Live website
  27. ^ 15th Annual Independent Music Awards Album Nominees
  28. ^ Jeff Oster Facebook post August 31, 2018
  29. ^ Jeff Oster Bandcamp Reach Album Page
  30. ^ All Music Guide
  31. ^ [://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/56th_Annual_Grammy_Awards#Winners_and_nominees 56th Grammy Nominations and Winners]
  32. ^ Flow Official Site
  33. ^ Carnegie Hall Calendar 10/6/17
  34. ^ "2017 ZMR Award Nominees". www.zonemusicreporter.com. Retrieved 2018-05-26. 
  35. ^ "2017 ZMR Music Award Winners". www.zonemusicreporter.com. Retrieved 2018-05-26. 
  36. ^ "THE 16TH INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED - Independent Music Awards". Independent Music Awards. 2018-04-02. Retrieved 2018-05-26. 

External links[edit]

Listen to "Saturn Calling" HERE