Tell Me Why – Wayne Escoffery
This modern composition is sure to renew your set list with its elaborate layers that combine to create a beautiful, sweeping exploration.
born on February 23, 1975
Only a decade and a half into his career, London-born tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery is one of the top rising stars in jazz. Wayne's interest in music began when his family moved to New Haven when he was 11; he shortly thereafter joined the New Haven Trinity Boys Choir and took up the tenor sax. At 16, he gave up singing in favor of saxophone after meeting his mentor Jackie McLean and studying with him extensively at the Hartt School in West Hartford. Wayne studied at the New England Conservatory under jazz giants like Herbie Hancock, George Coleman, Charli Persip and Barry Harris, then moved to New York to begin his professional career in 2000. His first gig came as a sideman with the Eric Reed Septet. A year later, he joined the Mingus Dynasty, Orchestra and Big Band, the last of which won a 2011 Grammy Award. Read more...