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Jason Rigby

Jason Rigby is an assured New York-based musician whose jazz mixes conventional and “outside” improvisation in stirring fashion. His recent release “Translucent Space” (Fresh Sound Records), is garnering rave reviews and applause, putting Rigby’s name firmly on the map of New York’s creative music scene.

Rigby’s individuated saxophone tone and improvisational approach draw inspiration from such jazz pantheon figures as John Coltrane, Joe Henderson and Dewey Redman, and he has been described as displaying “a brilliant virtuosity & flexibility while handling some very complex harmonic lines & intervals.” (George W. Carroll, The Musician’s Ombudsman, May 06)

As an impressive composer meriting wider recognition, Rigby has developed his compositional style after having listened long and hard to primary compositional influences Wayne Shorter, Philip Glass, Ornette Coleman, and classical greats Mahler, Bartok and Shostakovich.

Originally from Cleveland, OH, his formal music studies were done at Youngstown State University in Ohio, DePaul University in Chicago and the Manhattan School of Music. Rigby has studied saxophone and composition privately with Dick Oatts, Mike Abene and Rich Perry and was voted “Best College Jazz Instrumentalist” by DownBeat magazine in 1999.

Just 32-years-old, Rigby is active on the New York jazz scene. Career highlights so far include working with the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra; playing in Aretha Franklin’s band at Radio City Music Hall; and participating in a Cameron Brown-helmed project concerning Don Cherry jazz from the mid-‘60s. Rigby’s also a regular sideman with the Scott Dubois Quintet and at times with Mike Holober’s Gotham Jazz Orchestra, the Kris Davis Group and Eivind Opsvik’s Overseas, and the list of colleagues with whom he has performed only starts with notables David Leibman and Tony Malaby. He has taught at the New School (NYC), City College of NY and Stony Brook University and maintains a private jazz saxophone studio in NYC.


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"Rigby is strong and confident, but he also allows risk-taking, moving comfortably out of the mainstream into freer territories. Given this stellar debut, it will be quite interesting to see where Rigby's musical ventures will lead next." - Mark F. Turner, AllAboutJazz

"...the strength of Translucent Space lies in its coherence, intellect and accessibility—making it one of the year’s most remarkable debuts." - John Kelman, AllAboutJazz

"Rigby's burly tenor tone and searching improvisations recall the expressionistic flights of Ornette Coleman and Joe Henderson." - John Murph, DownBeat

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone, tenor

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Yuto Mitomi
saxophone, tenor


Concert Schedule

Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Songs, Hymns And...

Fresh Sound New Talent


Don't Let Go

Sunnyside Records


Morning Song

Adhyaropa Records


The Sound Of Listening

Edition Records


Songs, Hymns And...

Fresh Sound New Talent


Hiding Out

Zoho Music


Twenty Twenty

From: Songs, Hymns And Ballads Volume...
By Jason Rigby


From: Hiding Out
By Jason Rigby

When There Were Trains

From: Balancing Act
By Jason Rigby



Darcy James Argue
composer / conductor
Donny McCaslin
saxophone, tenor

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