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, (et al) and received a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance in 1999. He subsequently moved to New York City, and later to Philadelphia.
In 2004 Yaeger relocated to Austria, where he annexed a master’s degree at the Kunstuniversität Graz, studying (again) with Ed Neumeister and, briefly, the composer Georg Friedrich Haas. He subsequently 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 Ari Hoenig, David Murray, Uri Caine John Hicks, Graham Haynes, Jon Sass, and Ursula Rucker, as well as Die Strottern, Max Nagl, Willi Landl, and the Vienna and Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestras. He serves as trombonist, house composer/arranger, and occasionally as bandleader to the Jazzorchester Vorarlberg. His own album, Hunter, is currently available on JazzWerkstatt Records. He has performed at CBGB’s, the Blue Note, Radio City Music Hall, Konzerthaus Wien, Theater an der Wien, Bregenz Festspielhaus, and at venues and festivals too numerous to count in North America and Europe, as well as in Turkey, Israel, and the Far East.