Zoe Obadia is a saxophonist, composer, and teacher based in New York City. Originally from New Jersey, she started playing the saxophone at age nine and became immersed in a community of great jazz musicians and educators in her area. In high school she was a 2014 Young Arts Jazz Finalist and Downbeat High School Soloist Winner, and was selected to perform at the Pittsfield Jazz Festival as the featured young artist.
She moved to New York in 2014 to begin her studies at the Juilliard School, where she learned from Ron Blake, Kenny Washington, Dan Block and others, earning an undergraduate and masters degree. She has since performed in New York City as a leader and sideman at venues such as Dizzy’s, Mezzrow, Birdland, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, and has had the opportunity to play with Wynton Marsalis, the Mingus Big Band, Dave Stryker, Diane Schuur, and others. In 2021, she appeared on pianist Dabin Ryu’s debut album, “Wall”. Zoe also has a passion for teaching and is currently a private instructor at Virtu.Academy and Fordham University.