Joe Lovano

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Motian Trio: Bill Frisell, Paul Motian and Joe Lovano
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Motian Trio: Joe Lovano, Paul Motian and Bill Frisell
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Paul Motian, Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano
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Saxophone Summit, L-R: David Liebman, Joe Lovano and Ravi Coltrane
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Elvin Jones with Joe Lovano and Dave Holland, Sept. 1998
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George Mraz, Hank Jones, Joe Lovano and Paul Motian
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Jason Moran and Joe Lovano
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Bill Frisell, Paul Motian, and Joe Lovano
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Joe Lovano and Jason Moran outside the Village Vanguard
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Joe Lovano & Judi Silvano
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Joe Lovano at home
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Gunther Schuller and Joe Lovano after Schuller's 75th birthday and the 20th anniversary celebration of GM Recordings, Harvard's Sanders Theater, March 18, 2001
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Joe Lovano and Branford Marsalis with Jazz Golf President Terry Hashimoto at the 2000 IAJE Conference
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Joe Lovano performing at the Montreal International Jazz Festival
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Joe Lovano (right) greets Lionel Hampton along with Cephas Bowles of WBGO at the Jazz Leadership Society Dinner held at Swing 46, New York City 1999
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Joe Lovano receives an Honorary Doctorate of Music degree from President Lee Berk at Berklee's 1998 Entering Student Convocation
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Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano and Paul Motian
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(L-R): Christian McBride, Joe Lovano, Roy Haynes and Roy Hargrove
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Joe Lovano (left) with Michael Abene
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Joe Lovano, Jim Macnie and Dale Fitzgerald at Saxophone Colossus book signing in NYC
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Jimmy Heath and Joe Lovano at Saxophone Colossus book signing in NYC
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Joe Lovano (with Matt Penman) takes the stage at the 3rd annual Playing Our Parts benefit concert in memory of bassist Dennis Irwin
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Joe Lovano takes the stage at the 3rd annual Playing Our Parts benefit concert in memory of bassist Dennis Irwin
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Joe Lovano (with Matt Penman) at the 3rd annual Playing Our Parts benefit concert in memory of bassist Dennis Irwin
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Joe Lovano, Jesse Davis and Mike Irwin at the 3rd annual Playing Our Parts benefit concert in memory of bassist Dennis Irwin
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Randy Weston and Joe Lovano at the JJA awards ceremony on June 11, 20011 at City Winery in NYC
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Lawrence Fields, Joey Baron, Dave Douglas and Joe Lovano at 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival
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Joe Lovano in performance with Soundprints at 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival
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Joe Lovano in performance with Soundprints at 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival
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You might think by glancing over the list of accolades garnered by Grammy-winning saxophonist/composer Joe Lovano that this renowned musician has found an established formula for success - and that he has. Unlike other artists who consistently repeat themselves and stay within the confines of their own self imposed parameters, the secret to Lovano’s success is his fearless ability to push the conceptual and thematic choices he makes in a quest for new modes of artistic expression and new takes on what defines the jazz idiom.

With Folk Art, his 21st recording for Blue Note, Joe Lovano debuts Us Five, a dynamic new ensemble and one of the most exciting of his acclaimed career that collectively breathes a youthful exuberance into the first-ever Lovano album to be comprised entirely of his own original compositions. Recorded in November 2008, after a preparatory week at New York’s famed Village Vanguard, Lovano presents a collection of nine original compositions for himself on tenor saxophone, straight alto saxophone, alto clarinet, tarogato, aulochrome, and percussion; – James Weidman on piano; Esperanza Spalding on bass; and Otis Brown III and Francisco Mela on—as Lovano likes to put it—drums and cymbals. He explores a wide spectrum of “colors, sounds, and feelings,” organizing the flow into passages for quintet, quartets, trios, duos, and solos within the unit, exploiting to the fullest the various rhythm section possibilities afforded by the two-drummer format.

Lovano was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1952, and began playing alto saxophone as a child. A prophetic infant photo of Lovano shows him cradled in his mother’s arms along with a saxophone. His father, tenor saxophonist Tony “Big T” Lovano, schooled Lovano not only in the basics, but in dynamics and interpretation, and regularly exposed him to live performances of international jazz artists such as Sonny Stitt, James Moody, Dizzy Gillespie, Gene Ammons, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

Upon graduation from high school he attended the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston. Lovano’s early professional gigs were as a sideman with organists Lonnie Smith, Brother Jack McDuff, and a three-year tour with the Woody Herman Thundering Herd from 1976 to 1979.

After leaving Herman’s band, Lovano settled in New York City where he eventually joined the Mel Lewis Orchestra for its regular Monday night concert at the Village Vanguard; playing from 1980 to 1992 - recording six albums with the Orchestra.

To this day, Lovano finds time for very special performances with the Vanguard band and recently paid tribute to Thad Jones with Thad’s brother Hank Jones, on the Grammy nominated, 2007 release, Kids: live at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.

Lovano joined the Paul Motian band in 1981 and has since worked and collaborated with John Scofield, Herbie Hancock, Elvin Jones, Charlie Haden, Carla Bley, Bobby Hutcherson, Billy Higgins, Dave Holland, Ed Blackwell, Michel Petrucciani, Lee Konitz, Abbey Lincoln, Tom Harrell, McCoy Tyner, Ornette Coleman, Jim Hall, Bob Brookmeyer and many more.

Lovano’s illustrious relationship with Blue Note Records began in 1991 and includes eight Grammy nominations with a win in the Best Large Ensemble category for 2000’s 52nd Street Themes. Numerous accolades for the saxophonist also include multiple wins as Down Beat magazine’s Jazz Artist/Musician of the Year, Tenor Saxophonist of the Year and Album of the Year.

In recent years, Lovano has spent a good deal of time collaborating, both in the studio and the concert hall, with two other premier tenor saxophonists of his generation - Dave Liebman and the late Michael Brecker in the collective Saxophone Summit. Their first release Gathering of the Spirits was released in 2004 on Telarc. After the untimely passing of Michael Brecker, Lovano and Liebman were joined by Ravi Coltrane on their acclaimed sophomore release, Seraphic Light.

Since early 2008, Joe replaced Joshua Redman in the tenor saxophone chair of the touring and studio ensemble, the SFJazz Collective. Also new to the Collective in 2008 were trumpeter Dave Douglas, trombonist Robin Eubanks, and fellow Blue Note Recording Artist vibraphonist Stefon Harris. They join Miguel Zenon, Renee Rosnes, Matt Penman and Eric Harland in this popular ongoing ensemble of some of today’s most exciting jazz players.

Lovano’s 2008 release and Grammy nominated Symphonica placed him in front of the world-renowned WDR Big Band and WDR Rundfunke Orchestra performing some of the saxophonist’s most acclaimed and cherished compositions as arranged and conducted by Michael Abene.

As Ben Ratliff opined in The New York Times, “It’s fair to say that (Lovano’s) one of the greatest musicians in jazz history.”

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Articles on Joe Lovano

07/01/13    Photos    By Greg Aiello

Photo Gallery: Wayne Shorter at Town Hall, NYC, June 28

04/24/13    Video Log    By JazzTimes

Joe Lovano Interviews Wayne Shorter

03/25/13    Artist's Choice    By Joe Lovano

Artist's Choice: Joe Lovano on Paul Motian

02/23/13    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Cross Culture
Joe Lovano Us Five

11/14/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert Coming to Sugarloaf, NY

11/01/12    In Person    By Lee Mergner

Joe Lovano on the Music of Wayne Shorter & More

09/23/12    Concerts    By Matthew Dicker

Joe Lovano and Us Five, Washington, D.C., 9/12/12

09/03/12    Photos    By Marek Lazarski

Photos from the 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival

03/18/12    Farewells    By Joe Lovano

Joe Lovano Remembers Paul Motian

October 2011    Education    By Laurel Gross

Teacher, Teacher: Life Lessons Learned

06/30/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Lovano, Akinmusire, Parlato and Others coming to Carnegie Hall

05/03/11    News    By Lee Mergner

Esperanza Spalding to Open for Prince in LA

04/22/11    Jazz Video Guy    By Bret Primack

Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, David Liebman: Locomotion

04/15/11    Jazz Video Guy    By Bret Primack

Phil Markowitz, Joe Lovano and the Saxophone Summit: Coltrane's Meditations Suite

March 2011    Albums    By George Varga

Bird Songs
Joe Lovano Us Five

March 2011    Albums    By George Varga

Bird Songs
Joe Lovano Us Five

02/24/11    Photos    By Frederic S. Sater

Playing Our Parts Benefit Concert

December 2010    Albums    By Bill Beuttler

No Beginning, No End
Kenny Werner

10/06/10    Tangents    By Lee Mergner

Kenny Werner: A Musical Expression of Grief

09/29/10    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

Joe Lovano Super Sonix Trio Celebrate Ornette

09/06/10    News    By Lee Mergner

Celebrating Ornette Coleman

07/15/10    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Review of 2010 Copenhagen Jazz Festival

January/February 2010    Critics Picks    By JazzTimes

Critics Picks: Top 50 New Albums and Top 10 Historical Releases

January/February 2010    Albums    By Josef Woodard

Live 2009
SFJazz Collective

12/09/09    News    By Joe Lovano

Willie “Face” Smith, Alto Saxophonist and Arranger, Dies in Cleveland

December 2009    Albums    By Mike Joyce

John Patitucci Trio Remembrance

December 2009    Albums    By Mike Joyce

John Patitucci Trio Remembrance

11/23/09    News    By Lee Mergner

Panama Jazz Festival, Under Direction of Danilo Perez, Announces Lineup for 2010

11/16/09    News    By Lee Mergner

Joe Lovano Injures Both Arms in Separate Incidents

10/06/09    News    By Lee Mergner

“Highlights in Jazz” Concert Series Kicks Off 37th Season

09/26/09    News    By Lee Mergner

The Cat With the Hat is Back

August/September 2009    Features    By Geoffrey Himes

Joe Lovano: Party of Five

04/23/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

San Sebastian Jazz Festival Announces Lineup

04/01/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Monterey Jazz Festival Announces Headliners

Advertising    By JazzTimes

June 2009 Editorial and Advertising Highlights

02/21/09    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Portland Jazz Festival

January/February 2009    Critics Picks    By JazzTimes

2008 Year in Review: Top 50 CDs

December 2008    News    By George Varga

Jazz for Obama: Democratic Jazz Party

October 2008    Albums    By William Ruhlmann

Symphonica
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September 2008    At Home    By Bill Milkowski

Joe Lovano & Judi Silvano

07/08/08    Concerts    By John Murph

Hank Jones Invitation Series at Montreal Jazz Festival

June 2008    Albums    By Bill Milkowski

Seraphic Light
Saxophone Summit

03/10/08    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

Dennis Irwin Benefit Concert

July/August 2007    Features    By Evan Haga

Paul Motian, Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano: Trio In Motian

June 2007    Albums    By Mike Joyce

Kids: Duets Live at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
Joe Lovano & Hank Jones

June 2007    Albums    By Mike Joyce

Kids: Duets Live at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
Joe Lovano & Hank Jones

May 2007    Albums    By Chris Kelsey

Time and Time Again
Paul Motian, Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano

03/18/07    Concerts    By Mike Shanley

The Bad Plus and Joe Lovano in Pittsburgh

March 2007    Farewells    By Joe Lovano

Dewey Redman (5.17.31 – 9.2.06)

March 2007    Features    By

Farewells: Musicians Remember Their Peers Who Passed in 2006

10/23/06    Concerts    By David R. Adler

Marilyn Crispell w/ Mark Helias, Paul Motian, Joe Lovano

09/11/06    Concerts    By Evan Haga

Paul Motian, Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell

September 2006    Albums    By Steve Greenlee

Streams of Expression
Joe Lovano

September 2006    Albums    By Steve Greenlee

Streams of Expression
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June 2006    Features    By Bill Milkowski

Michael Brecker: A Musician's Quilt

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I Have the Room Above Her
Paul Motian/Bill Frisell/Joe Lovano

January/February 2006    The Gig    By Nate Chinen

The Year in Gigs

09/19/05    By Bill Milkowski

Concerts — November 2005

07/19/05    Concerts    By Christopher Porter

Umbria Jazz 05

06/14/05    Concerts    By Chris Walker

Playboy Jazz Festival 2005

June 2005    Features    By Joshua Redman

Sonny Rollins Interviewed by Joshua Redman: Newk's Time

May 2005    Albums    By Geoffrey Himes

Joyous Encounter
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May 2005    Albums    By Geoffrey Himes

Joyous Encounter
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March 2005    Cadenza    By Gary Giddins

Last Year's CD Shelf

March 2005    Albums    By Nate Chinen

I Have the Room Above Her
Paul Motian/Bill Frisell/Joe Lovano

March 2005    Albums    By Nate Chinen

I Have the Room Above Her
Paul Motian/Bill Frisell/Joe Lovano

01/24/05    Concerts    By John Murph

Panama Jazz Festival 2010

January/February 2005    The Gig    By Nate Chinen

The Year in Gigs

January/February 2005    Critics Picks    By JazzTimes

The Year '04 in Review: Top 50 CDs

11/08/04    Concerts    By Mike Shanley

University of Pittsburgh Jazz Concert

10/20/04    By David R. Adler

Concerts — December 2004

October 2004    Albums    By Chris Kelsey

Gathering of Spirits
Michael Brecker/Joe Lovano/David Liebman

June 2004    Saxophonics    By David Franklin

I'm All for You
Joe Lovano

January/February 2004    Features    By

Highs and Lows 2003

November 2003    Drum Beat    By Nate Chinen

Ten Tales
Aldo Romano/Joe Lovano

September 2003    Features    By Bill Milkowski

Joe Lovano: Rising from the Ashes

September 2003    JT Notes    By Christopher Porter

At the Vanguard

April 2003    Albums    By Aaron Steinberg

Oh!
ScoLoHoFo

02/06/03    Concerts    By David R. Adler

ScoLoHoFo performs at Iridium

June 2002    Albums    By Bill Shoemaker

Viva Caruso
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June 2002    Albums    By Owen Cordle

Secret Ellington
Various Artists

May 2002    Strung Out    By Aaron Steinberg

Fourth World
James Emery/Joe Lovano/Judi Silvano/Drew Gress

12/07/01    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

"Made In America": An All-Star Jazz Benefit

08/28/01    Concerts    By Ira Gitler

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival 2001

07/03/01    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

2001 Vitoria-Gasteiz and San Sebastian Jazz Festivals

June 2001    Albums    By Willard Jenkins

Flights of Fancy: Trio Fascination, Edition Two
Joe Lovano

June 2001    News    By Joe Lovano

Joe Lovano: Memorable Gig

03/26/01    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

Wall to Wall Miles

02/25/01    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival 2001

September 2000    Albums    By Doug Ramsey

52nd Street Themes
Joe Lovano

May 2000    News    By Lee Mergner

IAJE 2000 in NOLA

September 1999    Albums    By Bill Shoemaker

Friendly Fire
Joe Lovano/Greg Osby

June 1998    Albums    By Willard Jenkins

Flying Colors
Joe Lovano/Gonzalo Rubalcaba

April 1997    Albums    By Bill Bennett

Celebrating Sinatra
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Events featuring Joe Lovano

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Flying Colors

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Celebrating Sinatra

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Friendly Fire

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52nd Street Themes

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Flights of Fancy: Trio Fascination, Edition Two

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Viva Caruso

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On This Day: At the Village Vanguard

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I'm All for You

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I Have the Room Above Her

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Joyous Encounter

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Streams of Expression

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Gathering of Spirits

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Ten Tales

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Secret Ellington

True Life
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Fourth World

Between The Lines
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Seraphic Light

Telarc
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Time and Time Again

ECM Records
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Kids: Duets Live at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Blue Note Records
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Oh!

Blue Note Records
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Symphonica

Blue Note Records
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Remembrance

Concord Jazz
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No Beginning, No End

Half Note Records
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Bird Songs

Blue Note Records
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