Oscar Utterstrom

Swedish-born Oscar Utterstrom started playing the trombone at the age of ten. He began his musical career at the music school in Vaxjo. When Oscar was twelve, he moved with his family to Belgium where he continued playing in various bands, including blues bands, concert bands and fanfare orchestras.

Oscar studied trombone at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, where he majored in Music Business/Management. While at Berklee, he was mentored by the likes of Phil Wilson, Hal Crook, Jeff Galindo, Tiger Okoshi, Lin Biviano, and Charles Lewis.

Graduating Summa Cum Laude from Berklee, Oscar moved to Nashville where he worked as a Production Assistant at The Sessions Agency on Music Row before deciding to get his masters in Jazz Studies at Middle Tennessee State University. He again graduated Summa Cum Laude in May of 2005. Through Middle Tennessee State University Oscar had the privilege to play with masters such as Jim McNeely, Benny Golson, Carl Allen, and Eddie Daniels.

Today, Oscar is very active on the music scene in the southeastern US. Internationally he has performed in China, South Korea, and Europe. When not performing with his own group, he can be heard with groups such as Afinke Salsa Orchestra, the Christina Watson Quintet, Halfbrass, and the Nashville Jazz Orchestra. As a freelance trombonist, Oscar has had the opportunity to perform with acts such as Kelly Clarkson, My Morning Jacket, Mike Farris, the Temptations, Wycliffe Gordon, Jeff Coffin, David “Fathead” Newman, Nils Landgren, Kirk Whalum, and the Four Tops.