George Garzone (USA)
Friday 25 August 7.00pm
Saxophonist George Garzone is a legendary saxophonist who has appeared on over 20 recordings as a leader. He began on the tenor when he was six, and since has performed across the globe with a star studded list of the who’s who off the music business. Not only has he performed with jazz luminaries like Joe Lovano, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Michael Brecker, Joshua Redman, Kenny Garrett, Kenny Barron, Chick Corea, Brian Blade, Al Foster, Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones, Dave Holland, Christian McBride, but also with icon music figures like Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, Engelberg Humperdink, Tom Jones, Gladys Knight, Liberace, New Kids on The Block, Elvis Presley and The Temptations!
Garzone is well-known as a sought-after jazz educator, currently teaching at the Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music, New York University and the Manhattan School of Music. He has also previously taught at Northeastern University and the New School University with students of his having included Joshua Redman, Branford Marsalis, Teadross Avery, Luciana Souza, Mark Turner, Donny McCaslin, Doug Yates and Danilo Perez, to name a few. In 1995 he recorded a fine tribute to Stan Getz on NYC called Alone; Four’s and Two’s followed a year later with compatriot Joe Lovano which earned him four stars in Downbeat magazine, and in 1999 Garzone returned with Moodiology. He is a member of the Grammy-winning Joe Lovano Nonet, and performed and recorded with this group at the Village Vanguard.
George Garzone – Saxophone
Jamie Oehlers – Saxophone (25th only)
Harry Mitchell – Piano
Karl Florisson – Bass
Ben Vanderwal – Drums
“I’m not the master of the sax, George Garzone is.” Michael Brecker
“Parallels with John Coltrane’s classic quartet are too lightly tossed around but this really did have something of that monumental, wave-like energy, the tenor by turns majestic and searing. ” John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald
“You know the movie “The Natural?” They named that after George Garzone…” Dave Liebman
“George Garzone, who could reproduce it without seeming glib, through a real understanding of Coltrane’s improvising strategies and his own modest gusto. It was good to hear, even better because he offered only a taste of it.” Ben Ratliff
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