BIRSA CHATTERJEE started as a student at the JAZZ HOUSE in middle school and soon distinguished himself on the saxophone and with his vocals. He was a member of the award-winning JAZZ HOUSE Big Band and was the first recipient of the James Moody Jazz Scholarship for New Jersey. Birsa graduated from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 2019 with degrees in saxophone and vocal performance and received his master’s degree in jazz saxophone performance from The Juilliard School.
Birsa has played at Carnegie Hall, the Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club, NJPAC, and across the U.S., Peru and India. He has forged new ground as a composer blending authentic elements of Indian classical music and jazz. He has performed as a guest soloist with the Dominick Farinacci Big Band, appeared alongside Terence Blanchard at the Tri-C Jazz Festival, and played with many other jazz greats. In 2020, he debuted the Birsa Chatterjee Quartet virtually to global audiences and does regular performances combining influences of Jazz as well as his Indian classical musical roots.
In addition to teaching at the JAZZ HOUSE, Birsa works with students at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Juilliard youth programs, and privately in New York City.