Performer, Composer, Educator, Improvisor


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, HYPE, and All-state Band. Following high-school he earned his bachelors degree at the NYU Steinhardt Jazz Studies program under the direction of Dr. Dave Schroeder and Dave Pietro. There he studied with jazz legends John Scofield, Joe Lovano and Stefon Harris. Over the course of his career he 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 participated in the following renowned artist residencies: Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead (under the direction of Jason Moran) and the Boysie Lowery Jazz Residency.  

He has taught music in group and private settings since high school. In New York he has had the opportunity to teach at Free Spirits Music, a program for young children to learn song writing and musical performance and Harmony, a program designed to bring music to young students in underserved areas. He has also taught a range of students privately since High School.

He now freelances in the New York as an up-coming young performer, composer, educator and leads his own group, Smile Trio, which has received recent attention on the New York scene.