Hailing from Utah, Grady Tesch learned about the importance of music from a young age. Throughout high school he played with some of the top ensembles in Utah including: Cresent Super Band, HYPE, and All-State Band. Following high school, he earned his Bachelor’s degree at the NYU Steinhardt Jazz Studies program under the direction of Dr. Dave Schroeder and Dave Pietro. Grady has traveled around the world playing at 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 held renowned artist residencies with Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead (under the direction of Jason Moran) and the Boysie Lowery Jazz Residency. In New York, he has had the opportunity to teach at Free Spirits Music, a program for young children in songwriting and musical performance. He currently freelances in New York as a musician, composer and educator.