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Age: 41 I’ve been playing with Tom Harrell for 10 years to date. Upcoming Performances of note: May 7th The Wayne Escoffery Quartet at the 9th Note in Stamford.  July 29 - 31 The Wayne Escoffery Quartet at Smoke Jazz Club My latest projects are: The Wayne Escoffery Quartet with David Kikoski, Ugonna Okegwo and Ralph Peterson. Recording available on the SmallsLive Label, this is my latest recording. Black Art Jazz Collective (presented by The Side Door Jazz Club) Jeremy Pelt, Wayne Escoffery, James Burton, Xavier Davis, Vicente Archer, Johnathan Blake The band is a collective of likeminded musicians of the same generation celebrating African American cultural icons through all original music. Recording forthcoming this summer on Sunnyside Records. Wayne Ecsoffery is an accomplished saxophonist dedicated to the promotion of jazz and teaching as an encouragement to the young and aspiring. His resume reads like a who’s who of the jazz elite and has earned a place in the prestigious Yale Music concert series. 2014 Downbeat Critics Poll Rising Star Winner and Grammy Award winning tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery has become one of the Jazz world’s most talented rising stars and in-demand sidemen. He has recorded eight studio dates as a leader and been on numerous other recordings. He began his professional career touring and recording with The Eric Reed Septet. Since then he has been a member of many groups including The Mingus Big Band, Orchestra and Dynasty, Ron Carter’s Great Bigband, Abdulah Ibrahim’s Akaya, The Ben Riley Quaret and Jazz At Lincoln Center’s "Music of the Masters" consisting of musicians hand picked by Wynton Marsalis to perform the music of Jazz legends Dexter Gordon and Miles Davis. In 2006 Wayne secured one of the most coveted gigs in jazz: a frontline position in Tom Harrell’s working quintet. He is currently a member of the quintet and to date has recorded seven CDs with the group and co-produced four of Harrell’s releases including Prana Dance, Roman Nights, The Time of the Sun and No. 5 . In addition to being a part of some of the last true “apprenticeship” opportunities of our era, Wayne leads his own quintet featuring five year Miles Davis Band veteran Adam Holzman on keyboards. The group’s Sunnyside Records recording The Only Son of One received critical acclaim and 4 stars in Downbeat Magazine. His new quartet with pianist David Kikoski, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Ralph Peterson puts him back in a more acoustic environment. In February of 2015 the group appeared for a week at famous Village Vanguard Jazz Club and went on to do a three week European tour. During his career Wayne has consistently shared his knowledge and expertise by presenting master-classes for students of all ages overseas and in the US. He is currently the saxophone instructor at NJPAC’s Jazz for Teens program in Newark, New Jersey as well as a part of the resident ensemble of the Jazz educational organization JazzReach. The vast array of contributions Wayne has made to the Jazz world in such a short time leads seasoned industry professionals like Niel Tesser to write "Pay special attention to tenor man Wayne Escoffery, whose rapid development -from album to album (and seemingly solo to solo) -has given us a jazz hero for the coming decade.
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Age: 41 I’ve been playing with Tom Harrell for 10 years to date. Upcoming Performances of note: May 7th The Wayne Escoffery Quartet at the 9th Note in Stamford.  July 29 - 31 The Wayne Escoffery Quartet at Smoke Jazz Club My latest projects are: The Wayne Escoffery Quartet with David Kikoski, Ugonna Okegwo and Ralph Peterson. Recording available on the SmallsLive Label, this is my latest recording. Black Art Jazz Collective (presented by The Side Door Jazz Club) Jeremy Pelt, Wayne Escoffery, James Burton, Xavier Davis, Vicente Archer, Johnathan Blake The band is a collective of likeminded musicians of the same generation celebrating African American cultural icons through all original music. Recording forthcoming this summer on Sunnyside Records. Wayne Ecsoffery is an accomplished saxophonist dedicated to the promotion of jazz and teaching as an encouragement to the young and aspiring. His resume reads like a who’s who of the jazz elite and has earned a place in the prestigious Yale Music concert series. 2014 Downbeat Critics Poll Rising Star Winner and Grammy Award winning tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery has become one of the Jazz world’s most talented rising stars and in-demand sidemen. He has recorded eight studio dates as a leader and been on numerous other recordings. He began his professional career touring and recording with The Eric Reed Septet. Since then he has been a member of many groups including The Mingus Big Band, Orchestra and Dynasty, Ron Carter’s Great Bigband, Abdulah Ibrahim’s Akaya, The Ben Riley Quaret and Jazz At Lincoln Center’s "Music of the Masters" consisting of musicians hand picked by Wynton Marsalis to perform the music of Jazz legends Dexter Gordon and Miles Davis. In 2006 Wayne secured one of the most coveted gigs in jazz: a frontline position in Tom Harrell’s working quintet. He is currently a member of the quintet and to date has recorded seven CDs with the group and co-produced four of Harrell’s releases including Prana Dance, Roman Nights, The Time of the Sun and No. 5 . In addition to being a part of some of the last true “apprenticeship” opportunities of our era, Wayne leads his own quintet featuring five year Miles Davis Band veteran Adam Holzman on keyboards. The group’s Sunnyside Records recording The Only Son of One received critical acclaim and 4 stars in Downbeat Magazine. His new quartet with pianist David Kikoski, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Ralph Peterson puts him back in a more acoustic environment. In February of 2015 the group appeared for a week at famous Village Vanguard Jazz Club and went on to do a three week European tour. During his career Wayne has consistently shared his knowledge and expertise by presenting master-classes for students of all ages overseas and in the US. He is currently the saxophone instructor at NJPAC’s Jazz for Teens program in Newark, New Jersey as well as a part of the resident ensemble of the Jazz educational organization JazzReach. The vast array of contributions Wayne has made to the Jazz world in such a short time leads seasoned industry professionals like Niel Tesser to write "Pay special attention to tenor man Wayne Escoffery, whose rapid development -from album to album (and seemingly solo to solo) -has given us a jazz hero for the coming decade.
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