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Wayne Escoffery

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Since moving to New York City in 2000, tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery has become one of the Jazz world’s most talented rising stars and in-demand sidemen. He began his professional NY career touring and recording with The Eric Reed Septet. In 2001 he became a steady member of the Mingus Big Band/Orchestra/Dynasty, The Lonnie Plaxico Group, and Abdulah Ibrahim’s Akaya.

Then in 2004 Grammy award winning producer, arranger and trumpet player Don Sickler asked Wayne to be a part of Ben Riley’s Monk legacy Septet; an innovative piano-less group dedicated to carrying on the legacy of jazz great Thelonious Monk

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Like Minds

Label: Smoke Sessions Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Like Minds; Nostalgia in Times Square; Sincerely Yours; My Truth; Rivers of Babylon; Song of Serenity; Treasure Lane; Idle Moments; Shuffle.

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The Proper Time

Label: Persiani Music
Released: 2023
Track listing: 1. Little House Mouse 5:07 2. Blue Dress Rehearsal 4:54 3. Tropic Rain 5:42 4. Forecast Blues 6:29 ft. George Coleman 5. Walking N Talking 7:24 6. Before You Go 4:44 7. Voodoo Call 3:52 8. Mirage 2:59 9. Round House 5:17

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Finders Keepers

Read "Finders Keepers" reviewed by Michael Ambrosino


All racked up and ready to go! Your latest musical adventure celebrating our 80th episode! The best that Jazz has to offer on Currents--your soundtrack to the future voice of Jazz. Featuring Alfredo Rodriguez, Kurt Elling, Charlie Hunter,Miguel Zenon, Luis Perdomo, Wayne Escoffery, Clark Sommers, Walter Smith III, Nicole Zuraitis, Johnathan Blake, Arman Sangalang, Thomas Marriott and ...

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Article: Album Review

Wayne Escoffery: Like Minds

Read "Like Minds" reviewed by Dave Linn


Wayne Escoffery was born in London and raised in New Haven, Connecticut. He began playing the saxophone at the age of 11, later studying at the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. In the late 1990s, Escoffery started gaining recognition on the jazz scene with ...

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Article: Interview

Wayne Escoffery: Still Forging Ahead

Read "Wayne Escoffery: Still Forging Ahead" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Saxophonist Wayne Escoffery has a long, ongoing association with the Mingus Big Band organization, including a Grammy for Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard (Jazz Workshop, Inc., Sue Mingus Music, 2010). His career also includes a special relationship with trumpeter Tom Harrell, with whom he has played for many years. All that is enough to ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Tom Harrell: Number Five

Read "Tom Harrell: Number Five" reviewed by John Kelman


"If it ain't broke, don't fix it," they say, and since coming to HighNote in 2007, trumpeter Tom Harrell has lived by that old adage, utilizing the same quintet for its auspicious debut, Light On, and three subsequent recordings, culminating in 2011's outstanding Time of the Sun. Number Five continues Harrell's winning streak with the same ...

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My Truth feat. Gregory Porter

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Label: Smoke Sessions Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 07:55

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Article: Liner Notes

Steve Davis: Correlations

Read "Steve Davis: Correlations" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Surely it must be considered a milestone to chalk up Correlations as Steve Davis' 20th session as a leader. Just contemplate how much the world has changed since the trombonist started turning heads as a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers back at the start of the '90s. The record business in particular occupies a vastly ...

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News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Wayne Escoffery

Jazz Musician of the Day: Wayne Escoffery

All About Jazz is celebrating Wayne Escoffery's birthday today! Since moving to New York City in 2000, tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery has become one of the Jazz world’s most talented rising stars and in-demand sidemen. He began his professional NY career touring and recording with The Eric Reed Septet. In 2001 he became a steady member ...


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