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Who is George Garzone?

Yay, going for maximum points here. Four answers:

1) According to Michael Brecker: “I am not the master of the saxophone, George Garzone is.”

2) Garzone is a saxophonist, a native of Boston Massachusets, a Grammy Award winner as a member of the Joe Lovano Nonet. Among the musicians he’s played with are Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Kenny Barron, Chick Corea, Kenny Werner, Ben Monder, Mick Goodrick, Brian Blade, Jack DeJohnette, Billy Hart, Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones, Mel Lewis, Buddy Rich, Ron Carter, Dave Holland, Christian McBride, Miroslav Vitous, Ray Drummond, Dennis Irwin, Gil Evens, Carla Bley, and George Russell. .

3) Garzone is a massively influential teacher from Boston, Massachusets. Among his pupils who’ve kinda made it happen are Joshua Redman, Branford Marsalis, Mark Turner and Danillo Perez.

4) Garzone is Mike Janisch’s Guest at his monthly residency next Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th at the Pizza Express in Dean Street, in a trio with a drummer who rarely visits the UK, Pete Zimmer. Zimmer is a Yamaha clinician, and will also be giving drum clinics at Trinity College and at the Royal Academy of Music, but I understand that these are in both cases private events just for the students.

Photo Credit: R Cifarelli

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