Noah Preminger

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Noah Preminger
Born (1986-06-02) June 2, 1986 (age 30)
Canton, Connecticut, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Saxophone
Years active 1994–present
Labels Palmetto

Noah Preminger is an American jazz saxophonist.

Music career[edit]

Born in 1986, Preminger grew up in Canton, Connecticut. While in high school, he studied with saxophonist Dave Liebman. He released his debut album, Dry Bridge Road, after graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music. The album was a sextet session with Ben Monder, pianist Frank Kimbrough, trumpeter Russ Johnson, bassist John Hébert, and drummer Ted Poor.

Preminger's second album as a leader, Before the Rain, came in 2011 from Palmetto, featuring a quartet with Kimbrough, Hébert and drummer Matt Wilson.

Preminger has played with Billy Hart, Dave Holland, Fred Hersch, Dave Douglas, Victor Lewis, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Billy Drummond, George Cables, Roscoe Mitchell, and Eddie Henderson.

Critical reception[edit]

Of Brooklyn-based saxophonist Noah Preminger, the Hartford Courant said: "Playing with the grace and expressiveness of a jazz veteran, the young man with a horn mixes cool restraint with emotional depth and old-fashioned poetry with contemporary bite."

Jazz Review said: "Preminger seems to have arrived on the scene fully formed, with incisive musical instincts, a distinctive personal sound and an ability to write great tunes." The New York Times added: "More than just a promising starting point, this is a display of integrity; here's a musician you feel you can trust." Dry Bridge Road was named Debut of the Year in the Village Voice critics poll, making top 10 lists in JazzTimes, Stereophile and The Nation.

All About Jazz said about Before the Rain: "Sensitivity and an ear for aural sophistication are the hallmarks of tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger." Down Beat magazine said, "The creativity and passion remain extremely high," while The New York Times concluded: "Mr. Preminger designs a different kind of sound for each note, an individual destiny and story."

While he was a student, the Boston Phoenix said: "Preminger's sound is beholden to no one. That makes him continually unpredictable and continually satisfying."


As a leader[edit]

Artist Title Label Year
Noah Preminger Meditations On Freedom Noah Preminger 2017
Noah Preminger Some Other Time Newvelle 2016
Noah Preminger Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground Noah Preminger 2016
Noah Preminger Pivot: Live at 55 Bar Noah Preminger 2015
Noah Preminger Background Music Fresh Sound 2014
Noah Preminger Haymaker Palmetto 2013
Noah Preminger Before the Rain Palmetto 2011
Noah Preminger Dry Bridge Road Nowt 2008

As a sideman[edit]

Artist Title Label Year
Rob Garcia Finding love in an oligarchy on a dying planet Brooklyn Jazz Underground 2016
Julian Shore Filaments Tone Rogue 2012
Dan Cray Meridies Origin 2012
Rob Garcia Drop and the Ocean Brooklyn Jazz Underground 2011
Andre Matos Quare Inner Circle 2010
Rob Garcia Perennial Brooklyn Jazz Underground 2009


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