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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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JOY

Label: Amfi Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: 1. Joy 2. October Phantasy 3. Green Blues 4. Morning Dew 5. Ruby at Play 6. Suddenly Stars are Falling from the Sky 7. Road Ahead 8. Only Peace Liberates 9. Getting There 10. Muse

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 ...

Article: Book Review

Ugly Beauty - Jazz In The 21st Century

Read "Ugly Beauty - Jazz In The 21st Century" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Ugly Beauty Phil Freeman 250 pagine ISBN: #978-1-78904-632-8 Zer0 Books 2021 Critico musicale da tempo presente nelle riviste musicali e nei blog statunitensi e inglesi (The Wire, Down Beat, Jazziz, The Village Voice, Stereogum ecc...) Phil Freeman si occupa sia di jazz che di metal (è stato capo ...

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Article: Album Review

Pat Bianchi: Something to Say: The Music of Stevie Wonder

Read "Something to Say: The Music of Stevie Wonder" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


This album is a tribute to Stevie Wonder, who beyond his popularity and fame has always been a an exceptional musician. It features four superb musicians, an organ trio consisting of Pat Bianchi on Hammond B-3 organ, Paul Bollenback on guitar, and Byron Landham on drums, with Wayne Escoffery as guest tenor saxophonist that honors Wonder's ...

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Something to Say: The Music of Stevie Wonder

Label: Savant Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Go Home; Until You Come Back to Me; Superstition; Moon Blue; Isn’t She Lovely; If It’s Magic; Something to Say; Just Callin’; Ribbon in the Sky.

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Entrance

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: B.F.G.; Blood Orange; Robert’s Run; Scarborough Street; Rene’s Way; Third Time’s the Charm; Body and Soul; Eclipse; Kingsbridge.

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Article: Album Review

Pat Bianchi: Something to Say: The Music of Stevie Wonder

Read "Something to Say: The Music of Stevie Wonder" reviewed by Jack Bowers


When considering pop artists whose music might readily lend itself to a jazz milieu, Stevie Wonder's name isn't one that springs readily to mind. Organist Pat Bianchi, however, felt that Wonder had Something to Say in a jazz context, so he set about canvassing Wonder's art and reimagining it in terms of an organ trio, accentuating ...

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Article: Album Review

John Hasselback III: Entrance

Read "Entrance" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Entrance, New York-based trumpeter John Hasselback III's debut recording, is basically a quintet date on which Hasselback shares the front line on four tracks each with saxophonist Wayne Escoffery or trombonist Steve Davis. If one is known by the company he keeps, that's a rather persuasive frame of reference. Hasselback wrote every number save one, the ...

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Article: In Pictures

Seeing More Jazz

Read "Seeing More Jazz" reviewed by Luciano Rossetti


My interview (Seeing Jazz: The Photography of Luciano Rossetti) with Karl Ackermann was published earlier this week. Here are some additional photos of mine that I wanted to share. Over the course of my career I have had the pleasure of photographing some of the greatest jazz musicians in the world including Anthony Braxton, ...


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