Wayne Escoffery -][- The Only Son of One –MP3– [Sunnyside, 2012] –
Wayne and his mother emigrated to the United States and settled in New Haven, Connecticut in 1986. At eleven Escoffery joined The New Haven Trinity Boys Choir and began taking saxophone lessons from Malcolm Dickinson. At sixteen he left the choir and began a more intensive study of the saxophone, attending the Jazzmobile in New York City, the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, and the ACES Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven. During his senior year in high School, he attended the Artists Collective in Hartford, Connecticut. He met Jackie McLean, a well known alto saxophonist and founder of the jazz program at The Hartt School.
Escoffery was awarded a scholarship to attend The Hartt School, where he studied with McLean for four years, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance summa cum laude in 1997. He then attended the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts (1997–1999). During this time he toured with Herbie Hancock and performed and studied with several jazz greats. In 1999 he graduated with a Masters degree and moved to New York to begin his professional career.
Escoffery married vocalist Carolyn Leonhart in 2004. The two have one child and have collaborated on many performances. They appear together on several albums. -[Biography | Wikipedia]-
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