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thumb UtterstromTennessee Tech University’s music department will host a free performance of the Oscar Utterstrom Quintet at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in Wattenbarger Auditorium.

The quintet is touring to promote the release of its new recording, “Departure,” featuring Adam Agati, guitar; Russell Wright, bass; Justin Amaral, drums; Black Cat Sylvester, engineering, programming, turntables; and Jason Andrews, programming.

Mixing straight-ahead jazz with elements of rock and electronica, quintet is the ultimate experience in improvised music. Trombonist Utterstrom’s writing mixes his Swedish roots with the American jazz tradition, giving the finished product a unique sound. The group’s use of electric trombone and a DJ makes it one of the most exciting on the scene.

“I had the pleasure of hearing this one-of-a-kind group perform last summer at the International Trombone Festival,” said TTU trombone professor Joshua Hauser. “Oscar’s writing and playing is great and the combination of instruments he uses, along with the tonal possibilities that he can get with his electric trombone make for an exciting performance.”
Utterstrom has written horn arrangements for many different artists including jazz vocalist Christina Watson and My Morning Jacket, who played at Bonnaroo and New Year’s Eve at Madison Square Garden.
Utterstrom started playing the trombone when he was 10 years old. He began his musical career at the music school in Vaxjo, Sweden. At 12, he moved with his family to Belgium where he played in various bands, including blues bands, concert bands and fanfare orchestras.
Utterstrom studied trombone and majored in music business/management at Boston's Berklee College of Music. While there, Phil Wilson, Hal Crook, Jeff Galindo, Tiger Okoshi, Lin Biviano and Charles Lewis were his mentors.
After graduation, Utterstrom moved to Nashville and worked as a production assistant at The Sessions Agency on Music Row. He got his master’s degree in jazz studies at Middle Tennessee State University in 2005. At MTSU, he played with the masters, including Jim McNeely, Benny Golson, Carl Allen and Eddie Daniels.
In addition to being active in the Southeast music scene, Utterstrom has performed in China, South Korea and around Europe. He has played with Afinke Salsa Orchestra, the Christina Watson Quintet, Halfbrass and the Nashville Jazz Orchestra. As a freelance trombonist, he has performed with Kelly Clarkson, My Morning Jacket, Mike Farris, the Temptations, Wycliffe Gordon, Jeff Coffin, David "Fathead" Newman, Nils Landgren, Kirk Whalum and the Four Tops.