• 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.


Downbeat feature

Screen Shot 2015-10-14 at 2.32.45 PMsuper proud to have been featured in the september issue of Dowbeat magazine – which I have been reading since around ’94.  Thank you Mr. Peter Margazak.  Click below for a link to the article.

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New Old Timers

The New Old Timers will be back soon, but unfortunately not Wednesday, October 7th at Ibeam.  Our fearless saxophone/banjoist Petr Cancura is an artist in residence at Carleton University way up in Canada, and his important duties there got in the way of this particular hit.

Fear not – more to come!  Recording to come!  We can’t wait!



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Hush Pointin’

visit the new and improved hushpoint.com.  lot’s of excitin’ things coming up for this band!

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Summer: Paris, Maine, and New Music

Been a very productive summer so far.  Nicolas Moreaux and I continue to support our record “Belleville Project” on Sunnyside Records, beginning the summer with a pair of gigs in Paris.  Here’s a nice review of the record in JAZZ TIMESHush Point entered the studio to begin working  on our new record.  Among other gigs we’re looking forward to our annual two nights following Thankgiving at Cornelia St. Cafe – this year with special guests, so check back.

Maine Jazz Camp was inspiring as ever – great faculty concerts every night, and the Maine kids are sounding wonderful!

I am also writing new PLAINVILLE music, to be performed and recorded in New York this fall.  Trying to incorporate my newly functional lyricon, as well as some other fun toys.  Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned!

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my ibeam residency April 23-25 – featuring 3 musical collectives

April 23rd – New Old Timers

newoldtimersJU (alto, C-melody), Petr Cancura (tenor), Aryeh Kobrinsky (bass), Richie Barshay (drums).

“the North East and the South have a lot more in common then you may think. The South is known for its rugged mountains and countryside, and so the music from there has names like “Country” and “Bluegrass”. The North-East has its own version of forests – full of fire hydrants, people and subways, and so the music from there has names like “jazz” and “modern-urban”. The New Old Timers integrates the old truths of fiddle and gospel tunes into a seamless new sound of saxophones, bass and drums.


April 24th – Brand New Project, 10 years in the making

nico bellevilleJU (saxophone, electronics), Mike Baggetta (guitar), Jeremy Flower (laptop), Jason Nazaray (drums).

“Boards of Canada meets Mwandishi?”


April 25th – Hush Point
JU (alto), John McNeil (trumpet), Aryeh Kobrinsky (bass), Anthony Pinciotti (drums)
“Hush Point’s methods and musicianship are exemplary, setting the new standard for the pianoless jazz quartet.” — Jazziz
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