Joe Lovano

North America, Europe / International, Asia, Australia, South America, Worldwide

Grammy-winning saxophonist and composer Joe Lovano stands alone at the vanguard of large and small group jazz. In 2015 alone, three 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 will each see new recordings in the coming year. Balancing out the diversity of Lovano’s artistic breadth, his Classic Quartet featuring Lawrence Fields, Lewis Nash, and George Mraz will offer a survey of mainstream jazz, swing, and bebop, ever soulful.

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.”