Born in Los Angeles, Jed Feuer was moved to New York City at the age of six weeks. Growing up in a musical family, he studied trumpet under Joe Wilder (subsequently with Carmine Caruso). Piano with Joseph Kahn, then Eugene Istomin followed shortly thereafter which led to an immersion in harmony, theory and counterpoint.
Although working at piano performance during much of the '70s, due to a lifelong obsession with sculpture, composition was put on hold for a few years. In 1982, his first Off-Broadway musical was produced. Theatre, film and television scores followed.
In the mid '90s, with Fugue in b minor for chorus & percussion, his focus turned toward concert music. A 2000 commission resulted in Orchestral Suite (the première of which was performed along with four other Feuer works, at Merkin Concert Hall, NYC, 2003). Today, he continues to write chamber works and his trio for alto sax, cello & trumpet is about to be premièred.
In 2005, he founded Bipolar, a jazz quintet.
Craig Swanson, piano
Stephanie Long, alto sax, flute
David Ostrem, bass
Barbara Merjan, drums
Jed Feuer, trumpet, flugelhorn
Bipolar's latest album, "Euphrates, Me Jane" received extraordinary reviews (see Bipolar on this site).
Involved with animal welfare issues since childhood, he writes music for documentaries produced by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), an organization with which he's been associated for many years. He organized and (with Bipolar) participated in the first annual benefit for the ASPCA at Gotham in New York City on July 27, 2010.
Productions of his latest musical, Slaughterhouse-Five, based on the novel, were mounted by the University of Miami in April, 2014 and the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center in June, 2015.