THE WAYNE ESCOFFERY QUARTET
Wayne Escoffery saxophone, David Kikoski piano, Josh Ginsburg bass, Sebastiaan De Krom drums.
The winner in 2014 of a Grammy and a Critics’ Prize from the magazine Downbeat, Wayne Scorrery is one of the most talented saxophonists of his generation. There are good reasons for this. He has worked for Ron Carter, Abdullah Ibrahim, Al Foster, Billy Hart, Eddie Henderson, Wallace Roney and Herbie Hancock, among other well-known figures. However, the man he is most associated with is the trumpeter Tom Harrell, in whose quintet he has worked since 2006. They have recorded seven albums and travelled half the world together. As a solo artist, he leads his own group, completed by well-known musicians including Dave Kikoski, Ugonna Okegwo and Ralph Peterson. They have been on international tours and have released albums welcomed by the critics, most recently The Humble Warrior (Smoke Jazz Sessions, 2020). Scoffery is also the founder of the collective Black Art Jazz, in which he champions the Afro-American roots of jazz, and a lecturer at Yale University. According to the well-known critic Neil Tesser, he is a “hero of jazz”.