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Master class: Greg Osby

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

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Veteran tenor saxophonist, composer, producer and educator Greg Osby presents a master class.

Saxophonist, composer, producer and educator Greg Osby has made an indelible mark on contemporary jazz as a leader of his own ensembles and as a guest artist with other acclaimed jazz groups for the past 20 years. Highly regarded for his insightful and innovative approach to composition and performance, he has earned numerous awards and critical acclaim for his recorded works and passionate live performances. Born and reared in St. Louis, Osby began his professional music career in 1975 after three years of private studies on clarinet, flute and alto saxophone. Osby spent his years in secondary school with a heavy involvement in blues and jazz groups. In 1978, Osby furthered his musical education at Howard University, where he majored in Jazz Studies, then continued his studies at the Berklee College of Music. Upon relocating to New York, Osby quickly established himself as a notable and in-demand sideman for artists as varied as Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Jack DeJohnette, Andrew Hill, Muhal Richard Abrams, Jim Hall and Jaki Byard, as well as with many ethnic and new music ensembles in the New York area. In 1985, he was invited to to join Jack DeJohnette's innovative group, Special Edition. Osby signed his first recording deal in 1987 with German label JMT, for which he recorded four CD titles; he later signed with Blue Note Records in 1990 and recorded fifteen outstanding recordings as a leader. In 2008, Osby launched his own label, Inner Circle Music, which serves as a platform for many of today's brightest artists.
www.gregosby.com

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PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

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