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Wayne Escoffery

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Wayne Escoffery is a prominent figure in the jazz world, renowned for his exceptional talent as a saxophonist. Born in London, England, Escoffery’s journey in music began after moving to the United States with his mother in 1986. Settling in New Haven, Connecticut, he joined The New Haven Trinity Boys Choir and started saxophone lessons at the age of eleven.

Escoffery’s dedication to his craft led him to intensive study programs like Jazzmobile in New York City, the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, and the Artists Collective, Inc. in Hartford, Connecticut. His talent earned him a full scholarship to The Hartt School, where he studied under the tutelage of alto saxophonist Jackie McLean, graduating summa cum laude in Jazz Performance in 1997.

Furthering his education, Escoffery attended the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at the New England Conservatory, where he had the opportunity to tour with Herbie Hancock and learn from jazz greats. After earning his master’s degree in 1999, he moved to New York City to embark on his professional career.

Since 2000, Escoffery has been a dynamic presence in the New York jazz scene, performing with esteemed artists like Carl Allen, Eric Reed, and the Mingus Big Band. His collaborations extend to jazz luminaries such as Ron Carter, Rufus Reid, and Eddie Henderson. Notably, since 2006, he has been a key member of The Tom Harrell Quintet, contributing to the group’s sound and co-producing several of Harrell’s recordings.

As a leader, Escoffery has released acclaimed albums, showcasing his robust sound and post-bop style. His work has earned him recognition as a “self-assured, hard-swinging tenor saxophonist” and a “thoughtful and ambitious composer.” His contributions to jazz education are also significant, as he imparts his knowledge to the next generation of musicians.

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