George Garzone
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George Garzone

George Garzone American musician

American musician
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro American musician
Countries United States of America
Occupations Musician Educator Music educator Jazz musician Saxophonist
Type Academia Music
Gender male
Birth 23 September 1950 (Boston)
The details

George Garzone (born September 23, 1950) is a saxophonist and jazz educator residing in Boston.
Saxophonist George Garzone is a member of the Fringe, a jazz trio founded in 1972 that includes bassist John Lockwood and drummer Bob Gullotti. The group has released several albums. Garzone has appeared on over 20 recordings. He began on the tenor saxophone when he was six, played in a family band and attended music school in Boston. He has guested in many situations, touring Europe with Jamaaladeen Tacuma and performing with Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Jack DeJohnette, Rachel Z, Bob Weir and Ratdog, and John Patitucci.


Garzone is also a jazz educator, teaching at the Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music, New York University and the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. He has pioneered the triadic chromatic approach and students of his have included Joshua Redman, Branford Marsalis, Mindi Abair, Teadross Avery, Luciana Souza, Mark Turner, Donny McCaslin, Doug Yates, Danilo Pérez, and Axel Camil Hachadi.

In 1995 he recorded a tribute to Stan Getz on NYC Records called Alone: Four's and Two's followed a year later with Joe Lovano which earned him four stars in Down Beat, and in 1999 Garzone returned with Moodiology. Fringe in New York was released in summer 2000. He is a member of the Grammy-winning Joe Lovano Nonet, and performed and recorded with this group at the Village Vanguard in September 2002.

He has performed with the Fringe, Kenny Barron, Harvie Swartz, Dan Gottlieb, John Patitucci, Bill Stewart, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Tom Harrell, Don Alias, Danilo Pérez, Lenny White, Joe Lovano, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Gary Peacock, Dennis Chambers, Anton Fig, Cecil McBee, Dave Holland, Stanley Cowell, Bob Moses, and Dave Liebman.

Critical reception

George Garzone and AC (Anders Christiansen)

Reviews of Four's and Two's:

"...Part of the fun is contrasting Garzone's and Lovano's approaches to the material, made up largely of Garzone compositions and vehicles for blowing...Listeners who investigate Four's and Two's, to hear Lovano will carry away a new or renewed appreciation of Garzone's strengths as well..."

"This is an aggressive recording...But the aggressive character lies not so much in aggression as in a joyful refusal to let any element of the music stand unchallenged..."

"In George Garzone's case, Coltrane has never been far afield from his own voice. With his band (of 25 years), the Fringe, he exercised the more free improvisational aspects of Coltrane. As a sideman to Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, George Russell, Gunther Schuller, Rachel Z, Jack DeJohnette, Billy Hart, and even Jamaaladeen Tacuma I always heard the Coltrane spirit in his playing. Garzone has always possessed an expansive warm tone that moves from inside to out-jazz with relative ease. Like Trane, his music resonates from what must be a warm and beautiful soul." –Mark Corroto, allaboutjazz.com


As a leader

  • Alone, (NYC, 1995); with Luciana Souza, voice; Chuck Loeb, guitar; David Kikoski, piano; Eddie Gómez, bass; Lenny White, drums
  • Four's and Two's, (NYC, 1996); with Joe Lovano, saxophones; Joey Calderazzo, piano; John Lockwood, bass; Bill Stewart, drums.
  • Demetrio's Dream, Music by Gianni Pezzano, (NL Records, 1997)
  • Moodiology, (NYC, 1999); with Kenny Werner, piano; John Lockwood, bass; Bob Gullotti, drums; Claire Daly, baritone saxophone; Douglas Yates, alto saxophone, bass clarinet; Mike Mainieri, vibraphone.
  • The Fringe in New York, (NYC, 2000); with the Fringe and Mike Mainieri, vibraphone.
  • One Two Three Four, (Stunt, 2007); with Chris Crocco, guitar; Dennis Irwin, bass; Pete Zimmer, drums
  • Audacity (Challenge, 2012) with Frank Tiberi Jakob Hoyer Jonas Westergard Rasmus Ehlers

With The Fringe

  • The Fringe, (Ap-Gu-Ga, 1978)
  • Live! (Ap-Gu-Ga, 1980)
  • Hey Open Up, (Ap-Gu-Ga, 1985)
  • The Raging Bulls, Ap-Gu-Ga (1986)
  • Return of the Neanderthal Man, (Northeastern, 1989)
  • It's Time for the Fringe, (Soul Note, 1992)
  • Live in Israel, (Soul Note, 1997)
  • Live in Iseo, (Soul Note, 2002)
  • The Fringe Live at the Zeitgeist (Resolution, 2005)

With others

  • George Russell and the In Living Time Orchestra: The African Game, (Blue Note Records|Blue Note]], 1983)
  • Mordy Ferber: Mr. X, (Half Note, 1985)
  • Bob Moses/Tisziji Munoz: Love Everlasting, (Amulet, 1987)
  • The Schulldogs: Tenor Tantrums, (GM, 1988)
  • Gunther Schuller/Orange Then Blue: Jumpin' in the Future, (GM, 1989)
  • Orange Then Blue: Where Were You? , (GM, 1989)
  • George Schuller: Looking Up from Down Below, (GM, 1990)
  • Wolfgang Muthspiel: Black and Blue, (Amadeo, 1992)
  • Danilo Perez: The Journey, (Novus, 1993)
  • Alex Deutsch: Pink, Inc, (DIW, 1991)
  • Ingrid Jensen: Vernal Fields, (Enja, 1994)
  • Rachel Z: Room of One's Own, (NYC, 1996)
  • David White: Double Double, (CIMP, 1998)
  • Dave Bryant: The Eternal Hang, (Accurate, 1999)
  • Mike Mainieri: An American Diary Vol. 2: The Dreamings, (NYC, 1999)
  • Claire Daly: Swing Low, (Koch, 1999)
  • Luciana Souza: The Answer to Your Silence, (NYC, 1999)
  • Frank Tiberi: Tiberian Mode, (NY Jam, 1999)
  • Johnny Johansson: Boston Tea Party, (BIBA, 1999)
  • Various Artists: As Long as You're Living Yours: The Music of Keith Jarrett, (Victor/RCA, 2000)
  • Joe Lovano Nonet: 52nd Street Themes, (Blue Note, 2000)
  • Martin Taylor: Kiss and Tell, (Sony, 2000)
  • Jerry Steinhilber: Chicago Trio/New York Tenor, (Soul Note, 2001)
  • Barry Wedgle: Paradise, (Exit, 2001)
  • Dino Govoni: Breakin' Out, (Whaling City Sound, 2001)
  • Joe Lovano Nonet: On This Day: At the Vanguard (Live), (Blue Note, 2002)
  • Abby and Norm Group: Melodic Miner's Daughter, (A to Z Music, 2003)
  • Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra with Bob Brookmeyer and George Garzone: Clairvoyance, (self-published, 2006)
  • Chris Crocco Fluid Trio: Fluid Trio, (self-published, 2007)
  • Lello Molinari: Multiple Personalities, No More Mr. Nice Guy, On a Boston Night
  • Leah Gough-Cooper's Human Equivalent: Future Pop, (FTR, 2009)

Performances with prominent artists

Saxophonists: George Adams, Jerry Bergonzi (NEC Faculty), Michael Brecker, Kenny Brooks, Claire Daly, Kenny Garrett, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Tony Malaby, Joshua Redman, James Spaulding, Stan Strickland, Frank Tiberi, Steve Wilson

Trumpet players: Randy Brecker, Tom Harrell, Eddie Henderson, Ingrid Jensen, John McNeil (NEC Faculty), Tiger Okoshi, Herb Pomeroy (Berklee Faculty), Barry Ries Trombonists: Bob Brookmeyer (NEC Faculty), Hal Crook

Pianists: Kenny Barron, Ran Blake (NEC Faculty), Joanne Brackeen, Jaki Byard, Joey Calderazzo, Chick Corea, Stanley Cowell, David Kikoski, Bevan Manson, John Medeski, (NEC Alum), Alan Pasqua, Danilo Pérez (NEC Faculty), Kenny Werner, Rachel Z (NEC Alum)

Guitarists: John Abercombrie, Mick Goodrick, Chuck Loeb, Ben Monder (NEC Faculty), Wolfgang Muthspiel, Martin Taylor, Barry Wedgle, David White

Drummers/Percussionists: Don Alias, Jeff Ballard, Brian Blade, Gary Chaffee (NEC faculty), Dennis Chambers, Jack DeJohnette, Peter Erskine, Al Foster, Bob Gullotti, Billy Hart, Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones, Mel Lewis, Mike Mainieri (Vibes), Rakalam Bob Moses, Buddy Rich, Mickey Roker, George Schuller (NEC Alum), Steve Smith, Jerry Steinhilber, Bill Stewart, Lenny White, Can Kozlu

Bassists: Ron Carter, Ray Drummond, Eddie Gómez, Larry Grenadier, Dave Holland (former NEC Faculty), Dennis Irwin, Marc Johnson, John Lockwood (NEC Faculty), Cecil McBee, Christian McBride, John Patitucci, Gary Peacock, Ed Schuller (NEC Alum), Harvie S, Miroslav Vitous (former NEC Faculty), Reggie Workman

Composers/Conductors: Gil Evans, Gunther Schuller, Lello Molinari

Ensembles: The Carla Bley Big Band, Gil Evans Orchestra, The Fringe (with John Lockwood and Bob Gullotti), George Russell and the In Living Time Orchestra, The Joe Lovano Nonet, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Orange Then Blue, The Woody Herman Band

Non-jazz artists: Aerosmith, Musica Viva (Tribute to Kurt Weill), The Dells, Extreme, Aretha Franklin, Engelbert Humperdinck (singer), Tom Jones, Gladys Knight, Liberace, New Kids on the Block, Elvis Presley, The Temptations, Rodney Dangerfield, Ratdog

Notable students

Saxophone/Woodwinds: Teodross Avery, Seamus Blake, Kenny Brooks, Chris Cheek, Dino Govoni, Brian Landrus, Branford Marsalis, Donny McCaslin, Bill McHenry, Andrew Rathbun, Joshua Redman, Eric Rasmussen, Scott Robinson, Walter Smith III, Chris Speed, Marcus Strickland, Mark Turner, Ken Vandermark, Doug Yates Bruce Barth, piano, Damian Draghici, pan flute, Danilo Perez, piano, Antonio Sanchez, drums, Luciana Souza, voice, John Sullivan, bass, Chris Wood, bass, Manuel Valero, piano, Norm Zocher, guitar Christopher Crocco guitar

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