New York jazz saxman Jeff Lederer, having built up a reputation in the city as a primo horn player within the Matt Wilson Quartet, is releasing his first album as a band leader next month. Titled Sunwatcher, it features Wilson on drums, Buster Williams on bass and Jamie Saft on keys. The album, which will be released by Jazzheads, drops June 14 and will feature Lederer on tenor saxophone and clarinet.


Lederer is an Oberlin-trained L.A.-born saxophonist who specializes in Latin jazz and composes on the side. He has performed with Tito Puente, the Mingus Big Band and Jimmy Bosch. In 2003, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra played his reinterpretation of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons—let’s just say salsa was involved. The Green Bay, Phoenix and Colorado Symphonies, as well as the Hollywood Bowl, have played his work, and Lederer has also taught for New York’s Metropolitan Opera Guild, University Of Texas, Dartmouth and SUNY Binghamton. Sunwatcher will be his first leading album though, and we’ll all be squinting to see how it is.