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 2002, Wataru worked as a teaching assistant of Rory Stuart's rhythm analysis class at New School University Jazz & Contemporary Music program.
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, the legendary Brazilian guitarist.
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 in 21st century. There is no studio manipulation by modern technology such as overdub, punch-in, or cut & paste. His new CD is available now.
Wataru has ever played with Abelita Mateus, Vitor Gonçalves, Klaus Mueller, David Acker, Jorn Swart, Terence Conley, Alex Layne, Itaiguara Brandão, Gustavo Amarante, Oleg Osenkov, Amanda Ruzza, Eduardo Belo, Rogerio Boccato, Vanderlei Pereira, Fernando Saci, Alexandre Kautz, and many of excellent jazz artists.
Besides his project, Wataru has been supported Tocho Swing Beats Jazz Big Band and ever performed at Birdland, Jazz Standard, and Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York.
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, as a part of events that celebrated 150 years anniversary of Japan- U.S. trade.
Wataru performed at Club Bonafide in NYC with his Predawn Shenanigans Project in November, 2015. Currently, Wataru is also a member of Paul Sanwald's jazz project.