Oscar Noriega, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone: An Arizona native of Mexican origin, Oscar began his career in a ranchera group, Hermanos Jovel, with his four brothers. After studies at the University of Arizona and Arizona State, Oscar moved to Boston in 1990 where he was welcomed into the local big band scene and the fertile improvising communities around Berklee and the New England Conservatory. Oscar arrived in Brooklyn in 1992 where he has been active in New York's downtown music world, including work with jazz, pop and world music artists. His recent work has included projects with Satoko Fujii, Gerry Hemmingway, Lee Konitz, La Mar Enfortuna (Oren Bloedow & Jennifer Charles), One Ring Zero, Ted Reichman and Slavic Soul Party. He is a member of the Clarinets, an improvising trio with Anthony Burr and Chris Speed, and the Benefit Band, a quartet with Jim Black, Trevor Dunn and Chris Speed. Oscar's own bands include a trio with Tom Rainey and Trevor Dunn and a quartet with singers performing rancheras written by his grandmother.
© Carl Maguire