• The Brooklyn-based "gifted alto saxophonist and composer with the gorgeous tone" (JAZZTIMES) has found a voice within a variety of projects, including the Grammy nominated Either/Orchestra, throughout his critically-acclaimed albums for Sunnyside Records (NYC) and Fresh Sound New Talent (Barcelona), and on over 20 recordings as a sideman. His PLAINVILLE project "openly embraces the rock, folk, and country sounds he heard in his youth" (DOWNBEAT, 4 stars), recently producing "one of the year’s most slyly inviting jazz albums” (NY TIMES). Udden has performed with Bob Brookmeyer, Steve Lacy, Gunther Schuller, Matt Wilson, Andrew D'Angelo's DNA Band, and "Ethio-Jazz" legend Mulatu Astatke, among many others, in Europe, China, Africa, and around the US.


This Weekend! Hush Point 2nd annual Thanksgiving Jazzstravaganza @ Cornelia St. Cafe



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Hush Point: 4.5 Stars in Downbeat Magazine

a1369789035_2Check out Peter Margasak’s review of the new Hush Point record here:


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Sketches Volume II out now


Sketches Vol. II is out on BJU Records – featuring me on soprano and alto, Matt Holman (trumpet), Jarrett Cherner (piano), Martin Nevin (bass), and Ziv Ravitz (drums).  This is a fun project with a unique twist – one person in the band presents an unfinished musical “sketch,” and another member finishes it into a tune.

More info at sketchesmusic.com.


Purchase the album Here!

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New Old Timers

A little fun yesterday with the New Old Timers

Playing this Wednesday at Barbes – 8pm!

Peter Cancura – tenor/C-melody

JU – alto/C-melody

Aryeh Kobrinsky – bass

Richie Barshay – drums

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September ’14

IMG_6792IMG_6795Lots coming up, and lots of new music being written these days!

The “Music Player” above has new tracks.  Linked to Soundcloud now, I will be updating this regularly.

Hush Point with John McNeil will release a new album on Sunnyside in October – CD release at Smalls on October 24th.

Sketches will release a new album on October 14th @ Korzo.

BELLEVILLE QUINTET will release a new album on Sunnyside-France w. Nicolas and Robert Stillman soon.

And new music is brewing with Petr Cancura, Richie Barshay, Jeremy Flower, Mike Baggetta.

And I am fully writing the next PLAINVILLE record as well – with the goal of recording in January!

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