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