• 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.


april 2014

exciting things in the works these days, so, in no particular order, here is what’s happening…

This past week the group Sketches went into the studio to record Volume II.  I am happy to say that we had an incredibly productive 8 hour recording session, resulting in 10 new tracks (2 for each band member).  Looking forward to this release in the fall.

Hush Point (w. John McNeil, Aryeh Kobrinsky, Vinny Sperrazza) is writing, rehearsing, and gigging in preparation of our second release for Sunnyside Records – which should come out in later 2014.

I was honored to play with the Frank Carlberg Sextet at the Jazz Gallery this past week – I am proud to be featured the record Big Enigmas with Frank (piano), Christine Correa (voice), Matt Moran (vibes), John Carlson (trumpet), John Hebert (bass), Mike Sarin (drums).  What a band!

I am mastering and finishing up my project with Nicolas Moreax and Robert Stillman for the French-American Jazz Exchange – with dates and a release to come in the fall.

Though we’ve been on a break, I am currently writing a new Plainville record – actually dabbling with lyrics, and new instruments like the lyricon and a new amplified saxophone setup – more to come!

Also writing for some various trio combinations – maybe different records or maybe a “trios” record.  I am being patient and seeing what music comes out first.

Also projects are brewing with Mike Baggetta (ambient duo music),  Petr Cancura (rehashing an Ethiopian project and a recording our folk/fiddle music project), as well as finally recording my trio with Ziv Ravitz and Ben Monder.

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3 brooklyn gigs this week

Excited to begin the year with HushPoint, then exploring my new saxophone/electronics rig, and finally to explore music by my mentor, Bob Brookmeyer with my old friend, amazing tenor saxophonist, Mark Small.
Hope to see folks out there!
Monday, January, 6th @ 9-12 pm
Hush PointJeremy Udden (alto), John McNeil (trumpet), Aryeh Kobrinsky (bass), Vinnie Sperrazza (drums)
Bar Chord, 1008 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn


Wednesday, January 8th @ 9:30 (triple bill starts at 8)Jeremy Udden/Mike Baggetta Duo - Udden (saxophone/electronics), Baggetta (guitar)with Small Grey Seabass and The Good Find starts at 8The Launchpad, 721 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn

Sunday, January 12th @ 8:30 (one set only)
Music by Bob BrookmeyerUdden (alto), Mark Small (tenor), Frank Carlberg (piano), Martin Nevin (bass), Ziv Ravitz (drums)
IBeam, 168 7th St, Brooklyn
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CD Release – Frank Carlberg’s Big Enigmas

What an honor to be part of this record and this concert!

The  Poetry Project presents:

in celebration of a new CD released by Red Piano Records

Frank Carlberg / Big Enigmas


Christine Correa-voice

John Carlson-trumpet 

Jeremy Udden-saxophones 

Matt Moran-vibes

Frank Carlberg-piano

Pascal Niggenkemper-bass

Michael Sarin-drums

and reading by Ken Mikolowski


Friday, October 18th,2013 at 10:00 PM (one set only)


@ The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church
131 E. 10th Street, New York, NY
Free admission 

for more info call: 212-674-0910
Big Enigma is a new group dedicated to performing Carlberg’s settings of poems by select 20th (and 21st Century) writers. This performance will feature  compositions to poems by Ken Mikolowski. Ken Mikolowski is the author of three books of poetry: THANK YOU CALL AGAIN, little mysteries, and Big Enigmas.  He teaches poetry writing at the University of Michigan’s Residential College in Ann Arbor.  For more than thirty years, along with his late wife Ann, he was editor, publisher and printer of The Alternative Press.
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cd release party! february 7th @ cornelia st. cafe, w. brandon seabrook (banjo), jeremy stratton (bass), kenny wollesen (drums)

I am happy to announce the release of my fourth album as a leader, Folk Art.  The record primarily features the above quartet augmented by two solo guitar pieces (played by Will Graefe and Nathan Blehar) and two pieces by my regular group, Plainville.
You can read an early review of the record here, or purchase it at itunes.
Reservations are recommended, and can be made at (212)989-9319.  Info at corneliastreetcafe.com.

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french-American jazz exchange!

Hi Folks,

I am thrilled and honored to officially announce that I am one of the recipients of the 2012-2013 French-American Jazz Exchange.  FAJE is dedicated to furthering the creative and professional development of jazz artists from France and the United States through the interchange of artistic practice and exposure to new constituencies.  FAJE is made possible through the generous support of Cultural Services of the French EmbassyDoris Duke Charitable Foundation, Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs de Musique (SACEM), Florence Gould Foundation and InstitutFrançais.
I am thrilled to be collaborating with Parisian bassist/composer Nicolas Moreaux, on a composition and recording project in Paris, with an exiting pedagogical element as well.

More info to come about related gigs, clinics, and recordings!

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