Born in 1986, Preminger grew up in Canton, Connecticut. While still in high school, he studied with saxophone luminary Dave Liebman. Preminger released his debut album, Dry Bridge Road, just after graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music. The recording was a sextet session with top-line players from the New York scene: Monder, pianist Frank Kimbrough, trumpeter Russ Johnson, bassist John Hébert, drummer Ted Poor. Dry Bridge Road was named Debut of the Year in the Village Voice critics poll, making top 10 lists in JazzTimes, Stereophile and The Nation.
Preminger’s second album as a leader, Before the Rain, came in 2011 from Palmetto and showcased his growing compositional depth, the affecting lyricism of his improvisations and his tenor’s sheer beauty of tone. Featuring a quartet with Kimbrough, Hébert and drummer Matt Wilson, the album includes such Preminger originals as the elliptically cathartic “Abreaction” and diminutive ballad “K.” It also features Kimbrough’s gorgeous “November” and his Ornette Coleman-influenced “Quickening,” as well as Coleman’s “Toy Dance” and the standards “Where or When” and “Until the Real Thing Comes Along.”
While still a standout student at NEC, Preminger was lauded as a musician of distinction, with the Boston Phoenix saying: “Preminger’s sound is beholden to no one. That makes him continually unpredictable and continually satisfying.” He has built on that early affirmation, playing key stages in New York, Europe and Australia – and now producing a third striking album. Preminger has played with the likes of Billy Hart, Dave Holland, Fred Hersch, Dave Douglas, Victor Lewis, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Billy Drummond, George Cables, Roscoe Mitchell, Dr. Eddie Henderson and Dave Liebman.