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Born into a musical farm family in Northern Maine, Philip Yaeger learned to sing as soon as he could talk. At the age of ten he began playing the trombone, and soon discovered his first great love (in the inanimate sense): jazz. He attended William Paterson University, studying under Rufus Reid, Sy Johnson, Steve Turre, Conrad Herwig, and Ed Neumeister, among others, and received a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance in 1999. He subsequently moved to New York City, and later on to Philadelphia.
In 2004 Yaeger moved to Austria to pursue a master’s degree at the Kunstuniversität Graz, where he studied (again) under Ed Neumeister and other fine instructors, including (briefly) the composer Georg Friedrich Haas. After finishing his degree in Graz he moved to Vienna, where he lives and works to this day.
Yaeger is active as a trombonist, composer/arranger, and occasional vocalist. His improbably wide range of experience includes pop, soul, hip-hop, jazz of all descriptions, electronica, and contemporary classical music both acoustic and electroacoustic. He has performed with such artists as (in the US) Ari Hoenig, David Murray, John Hicks, Graham Haynes, Jon Sass, and Ursula Rucker, as well as (in Austria) Die Strottern, Max Nagl, Willi Landl, and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of the Jazzorchester Vorarlberg, for which he serves as bandleader and house composer/arranger. He also
leads the band Hunter, which will be releasing its debut album in fall 2017.
Yaeger has performed at the Vienna Konzerthaus and Theater an der Wien, the Bregenz Festspiele, and at venues and festivals too numerous to name throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, as well as in Turkey, Israel, and the Far East.