Grady Tesch


Grady Tesch grew up with music in his life from a young age. His mother enrolled him in piano lessons at age four and by age ten he had begun studying classical percussion. In middle school he heard the album Mercy, Mercy, Mercy by Cannonball Adderley and something clicked.

Throughout high school he played with some of the top ensembles in Utah including: Cresent Super Band and HYPE, this also where he started getting his feet wet in arranging and composing. Following high-school he earned his bachelors degree in music at NYU Steinhart. He studied with many greats including the grammy winning and nominated composers and players Alan Ferber and Stefon Harris. Over the course of his career his playing, composing and arranging has taken him around the world including festivals in Europe, South America and North America such as: Umbria Jazz Festival, Montreaux Jazz Festival, Costa Rican International Jazz Festival, Salt Lake City Jazz Festival and others. He has also participated in the following renowned artist residencies: Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead (under the direction of Jason Moran) and the Boysie Lowery Residency.

He is also an accomplished educator currently teaching and leading at a school in the Bronx through the music education program, Harmony, which provides music education free of charge to underserved parts of New York City. He has also taught a range of students in composition, performance and improvisation privately for many years.

His debut album with his own group the Smile Trio featuring all original compositions and arrangements is slated to drop November 18th.