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, among other. 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, Max Nagl, David Murray, Uri Caine, Jon Sass, and Ursula Rucker, as well as Die Strottern, and the Vienna and Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestras. He serves as trombonist, house composer/arranger, and occasional bandleader for the Jazzorchester Vorarlberg. His debut album under his own name, Hunter, is 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, Europe, and the Near and Far East.
In recent years he’s branched out: his sideline in language services – which began when an Austrian colleague asked him to translate a band bio – has turned into quite the cottage industry. Even more recently, he joined the IG Freie Musikschaffende, an advocacy group for freelance musicians, and was catapulted onto its executive board before he knew what hit him.