Last year Obed became the first alumnus of the Vail Jazz Workshop to return to Vail as a professional performer, playing with the Steve
Turre Sextet with which he has toured extensively.
Only 16 when he was awarded a scholarship to the 1998 Vail Jazz Workshop, he returned to Miami that fall to study at the New World School of the Arts from which he graduated in 2000.
While there, Obed won numerous performance awards and was selected as a member of the Grammy High School All-Star Band. He received a scholarship to attend the Manhattan School of Music and graduated in 2002 having earned his bachelor’s degree in music in three years.
While studying Obed maintained a busy performance schedule and during the course of his still young career has already played with some of the leading jazz artists of the day including Wynton Marsalis, Eric Reed, Buster Williams, Liz Wright, Mark Murphy and the Clayton Brothers Quintet, among others.
Obed is currently enrolled in the Manhattan School of Music’s masters degree program which he intends to complete in the spring of 2005.