Odei Al-Magut is a jazz trombonist, composer, arranger and educator.
Born in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Odei started playing the trombone at the age of 10. Between 2004 and 2011 he studied the jazz trombone at the famous jazz music school named after Kim Nazaretov in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. From the young age he toured in Russia, Germany, Scotland, Czech Republic, Syria and Greece.
In 2009, Odei was invited to be a soloist and the lead-trombonist of the Municipal Big Band named after Kim Nazaretov – one of the best big bands in Russia. The following year he was invited to join the East West European Jazz Orchestra (Germany). While still in Russia, Odei had the privilege of performing with some of the most respected Jazz artists including, Dennis Rowland, Wycliffe Gordon, Jerry Bergonzi, Dave Liebman, Alex Sipiagin, Nils Landgren “Funk Unit” and many more.
In 2011, Odei moved to the Netherlands and started his higher musical education at the Prince Claus Conservatory in Groningen, where he took lessons from the renowned trombonist Robin Eubanks. In 2012, Odei was honored and selected by the Prince Claus Conservatory to participate and represent the Netherlands at the North European Jazz competition, in this competition he became a winner of the GN-IX prize. In that same year Odei was also invited to play as a soloist with the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra conducted by the Grammy Award-winning musician John Clayton.
In 2012, Odei moved to Amsterdam and went on to major in Performance, Arranging and Composition at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. During this time he became a winner of the Ruud Booker Jazz Talent Award, an award given to the best young Dutch jazz musician of the year.
In 2013, Odei was honored to be one of 40 other musicians to take part in the finals of the Master-Jam International Competition. After being selected from 300 semi-finalists Odei went on to win the category of ‘Best Trombonist’. In the following year, Odei was invited to play in a European Tour with the American world renowned groups: The Temptations and The Four Tops.
Odei Al-Magut currently works as a professional trombonist in Amsterdam leading his own quintet. He is also active in composing, arranging and educating, and noted for playing Tibetan bowls and sea shells as musical instruments.
Odei Al-Magut Quintet was founded following their debut performance at Amsterdam’s renowned jazz venue Bimhuis in June 2014.
Their music contains components from a multitude of musical genres, such as Modern Jazz, Post-Bop, Spiritual Music, Rock, elements of ancient Bedouin, Indian Music and Russian flavor, illustrating the Quintet’s rich musical abilities. Furthermore, the music composed forms a musical narrative of the band member’s pivotal life experiences. The piece “Tadmor” was completed after Al-Magut’s visit to the Syrian city Tadmor, located in the Syrian Desert. He was invigorated by living simple life with Bedouins and this composition is a way for Al-Magut to share his experiences. The melody “Crisis of the Genre” was inspired by his overall perspective on the world’s situation today, namely the economic crisis, social crisis and changing norms of how we look at love and art. The piece also represents the challenging definition of jazz because of its various influences from different musical styles and improvisation.
The band is characterized by its creativity and ability to introduce new features that form unique experiences for every listener. Playing on Seashells and Tibetan bowls, which Al-Magut encountered for the first time at the age of ten when he saw an Indian Monk mastering the instruments, adds a contemplative touch to this Quintet’s music. Al-Magut was inspired to introduce these unique instruments by the legendary musician, Steve Turre, who gave Al-Magut a lesson on the art of Seashells when he was thirteen years old. The music of Odei Al-Magut Quintet expresses personal experiences, honest feelings and true moments.