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Wayne Escoffery

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

Ascension

Label: HighNote Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Ascension; Mr. Willis; Involuntary Servitude; Twin Towers; No Words Needed; Tulsa; Iron Man; For the Kids; Birdie’s Bounce.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Black Art Jazz Collective: Ascension

Read "Ascension" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The name has obvious political resonance. Indeed, the raison d'être of the Black Art Jazz Collective, the sextet founded by Wayne Escoffery, Jeremy Pelt and Jonathon Blake in 2013, is to celebrate African American excellence on the one hand, and--not unrelated--to raise political consciousness on the other. The BAJC's debut album,Presented By The Side Door Jazz ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Black Art Jazz Collective: Ascension

Read "Ascension" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On Ascension, the Black Art Jazz Collective, a like-minded sextet co-founded in 2012 by trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and saxophonist Wayne Escoffery to salute the artistry of their mentors and musical heroes while moving the idiom forward into the twenty-first century, is unbending in its allegiance to the straight-ahead canon espoused by the architects of modern jazz. ...

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Wayne Escoffery, Art Blakey, Gunhild Carling and More

Read "Wayne Escoffery, Art Blakey, Gunhild Carling and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

As this COVID-19 pandemic has silenced the world of live music, jazz musicians continue releasing more and more great albums. This week we focus on some of them, Wayne Escoffery, Warren Wolf, Gunhild Carling and Ran Blake. Enjoy the music. Playlist Wayne Escoffery “Benedictus" The Humble Warrior (Smoke Sessions Records) 00:00 Host talks 5:23 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Belgrade Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Belgrade Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Martin Longley

Belgrade Jazz Festival Dom Omladine / Kombank Dvorana Belgrade Serbia October 22-28, 2019 Reaching its 35th edition, the Belgrade Jazz Festival added extra shows at the beginning and end of its run, making up a full week, or eight days, if the opening dj night is ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Monty Alexander at the Avalon Theater

Read "Monty Alexander at the Avalon Theater" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Monty Alexander and Friends The Avalon Theater Easton, MD August 31, 2019 “Ten years," Monty Alexander wryly observed at the center-stage microphone with a disbelieving shake of the head. “Ten years of this festival, and 75 years as me." It was a celebration of multiple anniversaries at the weekend-long Labor Day ...

Take Five with Andrea Domenici

Read "Take Five with Andrea Domenici" reviewed by Andrea Domenici

About Andrea Domenici Born and raised in Lecco , Italy, Andrea Domenici is a jazz pianist and composer who has been living in New York since 2012. A 2016 graduate from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Domenici has studied with great piano players such as Benny Green, Barry Harris, Kenny Barron, ...

Ten Artists: May 2019

Read "Ten Artists: May 2019" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Paul JostSimple LifePaul Jost Music2019 I believe there are precious few exceptional male jazz vocalists. There. I said it. Female vocalists? They are legion. But once one has pruned away the vanity projects, the Sinatra wannabes, and the most recent unforgivable cover of “My Funny Valentine," there remain few. Paul Jost ...

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Joris Teepe: In The Spirit Of Rashied Ali

Read "In The Spirit Of Rashied Ali" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Taking Elvin Jones' vaunted place in John Coltrane's eternal journey beyond the expected, Rashied Ali's mutable, intuitively malleable sense of time, at once both visceral and disembodied, propelled the saxophonist further into his explorations of music as a free, transcendent, spiritual entity. Although he continued to innovate with Alice Coltrane and Archie Shepp and influence musicians ...


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