Wataru Uchida – tenor sax
Abelita Mateus – piano
Itaiguara Brandão – bass
Vanderlei Pereira – drums
Wataru Uchida is a saxophonist and composer. Wataru studied saxophone technique and jazz composition with Chico Freeman, and has been leading his jazz projects in New York since 2003.
In 2010, Wataru released his first CD “Blue Morpho,” recorded with NY-based Brazilian jazz rhythm section players, Romero Lubambo, Helio Alvis, Nilson Matta, Cafe Da Silva, and Ze Mauricio. The album is dedicated to Barden Powell.
In 2015, Wataru has recorded his original compositions with Abelita Mateus, Itaiguara Brandão, and Vanderlei Pereira. The album, “Predawn Shenanigans Club”, is a rare type of the old school one-room recording product.
Wataru has ever played with Vitor Gonçalves, Terence Conley, Alex Layne, Gustavo Amarante, Rogerio Boccato, Fernando Saci, Alexandre Kautz, and many of excellent jazz artists.
May 15, 2010, Wataru performed at Museum of the City of New York, leading his quintet with the selected Japanese jazz performers in New York, to celebrated 150 years anniversary of Japan- U.S. trade.