Ed Neumeister, Trombonist
(Photo by Richard Conde)
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 Metropole 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.