Photography by Eric LaCour
Wayne EscofferySince moving to New York City in 2000, 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 six studio dates as a leader, two as a co-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 and Jazz At Lincoln Center's "Music of the Masters" consisting of two groups of musicians hand picked by Wynton Marsalis to perform the music of Jazz legends Dexter Gordon and Miles Davis.
He has recorded six studio dates as a leader, two as a co-leader and been on numerous other recordings.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 five CDs with the group and co-produced Harrell's last four releases 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 veteran Adam Holzman, and has a new recording out with the group on Sunnyside Records entitled The Only Son of One. 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."