Joe Lovano

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Grammy-winning saxophonist and composer Joe Lovano stands alone at the vanguard of large and small group jazz. In 2015 alone, two major ensembles will be on display: Joe Lovano’s Village Rhythms Band – a natural extension of the tenor giant’s evolving body of work where West African influences and party atmospheres connect New York City and Lagos, and the acclaimed Wayne Shorter-influenced Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas Quintet: Sound Prints. Both bands will see new recordings in the coming year.

From his Grammy-nominated symphonic work to his role as Gary Burton Chair of Jazz Performance at Berklee College of Music, the Cleveland native fearlessly challenges and pushes his conceptual and thematic ventures in a quest for new modes of artistic expression and new ways to define the jazz idiom. In 2014 Lovano won awards for Multi-reeds Player and Tenor Saxophonist of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association and Tenor Saxophonist of the Year from Down Beat Magazine. He has released 23 celebrated albums on the Blue Note label; with the last three focusing on his quintet Us Five.

In Bruce Lundvall’s words, Lovano is “a giant on his instrument and a full-fledged giant of jazz.”

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*Fela's Shrine (Village Rhythms Band) 7:41 Joe Lovano
Blessings In May (Us Five) Joe Lovano
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* Joe Lovano Village Rhythms Band
Bird Songs EPK
Joe Lovano with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra
Joe Master Class Video
Sound Prints EPK
Sound Prints, Live at Vitoria Jazz Festival
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organic and basic, intense and casual… Mr. Lovano’s performance is a knockout
New York Times

After 30 albums as a leader and at least 25 years in the spotlight, it’s clear Joe Lovano is more than a dominant figure in jazz. He’s jazz’s answer to George Clooney or Jeff Bridges, a vibrant player who delivers an award-worthy performance every time out.
Wall Street Journal

Leave it to restless tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano to take the idea of a tribute record and turn it on its head with this collection dedicated to Charlie Parker… Lovano digs for new twists in Parker’s compositions like the flesh-and-blood creatures they are rather than replicating what’s already been heard… Though a showcase for history, Lovano and his band expertly show the many ways these classics can still throw sparks.
Los Angeles Times