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Hybrid Jazz From Trish Hennessey - with Wayne Escoffery!

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What a journey Wayne Escoffery has had in his life - making the trek with Mom from their native London, earning a full scholarship to the Hartt School, performing with the New Haven (Connecticut) Trinity Boys Choir - and and a move to New York City in 2000 that has sparked a beautiful career.

Much attention has been paid to this brilliant tenor saxophonist.  Being asked to join the Eric Reed Septet was the beginning of the professional journey - what followed: stints with the Mingus Big Band/Orchestra/Dynasty, the Lonnie Plaxico Group, and Abdulah Ibrahim's Akaya.  

In 2004, Wayne was invited to join Ben Riley's Monk Legacy Septet.  Around the same time, he was hand-picked by Wynton Marsalis to be part of a select core of musicians to play with Lincoln Center's Music of the Masters assembly.  

The next year, a stellar opportunity to join the Tom Harrell Quintet presented itself - and Wayne still enjoys that productive association.  In the meantime, he found the time to marry the respected singer, Carolyn Leonhart, and turn out some spectacular music - in collaboration with Carolyn, as sought-after sideman, and as leader.  "The Only Son Of One" was released last year to a sea of praise.

Wayne Escoffery is coming to our region - in Baltimore AND Washington, D.C.  It seemed like the perfect opportunity to have him on the show.  An early holiday gift :)  Wayne kicks off the show at one p.m. Eastern time on 11/14/2013.

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Born in London
Made the trek Stateside with his Mom
Multiple full scholarships and CDS
Tenor Saxophonist and composer touted as "Jazz Hero"
Active member of Tom Harrell Quintet and has been a mainstay at Lincoln Center
Grammy Award winner married to singer Carolyn Leonhart
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