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Alan Ferber


Alan Ferber is known internationally as a jazz trombonist, composer and bandleader. In 2010, he was recognized as one of the leading trombonists of his generation in Down Beat magazine’s International Critics’ Poll and Readers’ Poll, a rare double honor for a musician in his mid-thirties. He has released four albums, all of which blur traditional boundaries through an intriguing mix of influences.

The Wall Street Journal affectionately describes his music as “somehow both old school and cutting edge”. Alan’s latest project with his nonet and string orchestra, called Chamber Songs has been released on Sunnyside Records. It creates an “instantly transcendent musical experience that floats effortlessly and beautifully between jazz and classical music” (WNYC) and was named one of the best CDs of 2010 in Down Beat Magazine. Alan has released two additional recordings featuring his nonet on the reputable Fresh Sound New Talent label, The Compass and Scenes From An Exit Row. It makes sense that Alan’s music draws from such a broad stylistic base considering the disparate list of artists he has performed and recorded with over the years: Charlie Hunter, Sufjan Stevens, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Dr. Dre, David Binney, John Hollenbeck, Don Byron, Kelly Clarkson, and They Might Be Giants. He also remains busy on the commercial music scene in New York, performing steadily on Broadway shows, commercial jingle recordings, and album recording sessions. As an educator, Alan is currently adjunct professor of trombone and jazz studies for the Cali School of Music at Montclair State University, the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University, and the New School in New York City.