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Wayne Escoffery

Over the past two years, saxophonist Wayne Escoffery has made his presence felt on the scene as a member of Eric Reed’s band. With the release of his solo debut, Times Change (Nagel-Heyer), the tenorman distinguishes himself as an exciting new talent to watch.

A powerful, passionate player, the London native grew up in New Haven, Conn., where he first became attracted to jazz through the Educational Center for the Arts. Encouraged by fellow tenor saxophonist Jimmy Greene to check out the thriving Hartford scene, Escoffery began hanging out at Jackie McLean’s Artists Collective. He later got a full scholarship to the Hartt School, where he studied with McLean for four years. “Studying with him was a blessing,” Escoffery says. “He came from a traditional school; he stood next to Bud Powell on the bandstand, he was on that scene. Basically he got a real solid education and went on to really open it up and create something else. All my favorite players did that-John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter. And that’s the path I’m trying to follow.”

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