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As one of the few trumpet/flugelhorn artists working in ambient terrain, Jeff Oster draws from a rich background of classically trained, jazz tinged horn study, mixed with contemporary electronica and loop based electro-orchestral bed tracks.
He began playing trumpet at the age of eight. After years of study in classical and jazz he moved to L.A. in 1979 to pursue a career full time in music.Honing his live performance skills in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe, and Atlantic City, and working the LA club scene for decades, Jeff has developed a presence in live performance that has to be seen (and heard) to be believed.
In 2003 Jeff began to create loop based soundscapes using the computer software program Sonic Acid. Uploading his music to MP3.com, his songs topped the ambient charts for months, with tens thousands of downloads and streams worldwide.
Jeff soon began working with producer Will Ackerman, Grammy winning guitarist and founder of Windham Hill Records. Together they have recorded two albums, RELEASED and TRUE. Both albums have been voted by broadcasters worldwide as Album of the Year, both have reached #1 on Echoes, the nationally syndicated NPR radio program. Jeff's songs have won Best New Age Song at the 2006 and 2008 Independent Music Awards, and the music continues to receive airplay on XM/Sirius, Music Choice and many other programs worldwide.
Contributors to Jeff's recordings have included Bruce Swedien, legendary mixing engineer of Michael Jackson's Thriller, Steely Dan's drummer Keith Carlock, Grammy nominated artists Philip Aaberg, Eugene Friesen, Michael Manring, and many other fine artists.
Jeff's goal is simply to play the music he loves with the finest musicians on the planet, and to find new and creative ways to share the warm sound of his horn with listeners and fans worldwide.
Jeff has released a new album: SURENDER. Produced by Bryan Carrigan and Jeff Oster, Surrender was released on August 16, 2011 on Retso Records. Also appearing on Surrender is vocalist Diane Arkenstone.
In September, 2011, Echoes, the nationally syndicated radio program hosted by John Diliberto chose Surrender as its September CD of the Month.In September and October 2011, Surrender reached #1 on the Zone Music Reporter New Age/Ambient radio charts.
On December 6, 2011, Surrender was chosen by the staff at Echoes as one of the Top 25 Essential CDs of 2011, ranking it at #12 . The listeners of Echoes voted Surrender as its 7th most popular CD on the Best of Echoes 2011 Listeners Poll on December 12, 2011
On February 12, 2012, Surrender was nominated by broadcasters worldwide for Album of the Year and Best Chill/Groove Album for the 2011 ZMR Awards at ZoneMusicReporter.com
On March 8, 2012, Surrender was nominated for Best New Age Album, and Beautiful Silence, a track from Surrender was nominated for Best New Age Song at the 11th Annual Independent Music Awards.
On March 11, 2012, Surrender won the ZMR Music Award for Album of the Year and Best Chill/Groove Album for the 2011 ZMR Awards,at ZoneMusicReporter.com
Jeff's new album SURRENDER is now available wherever fine music is offered.