I am fortunate to live close to the jazz music scene in the city of New Haven, Connecticut. Live jazz music is featured prominently at the Firehouse 12 venue at 45 Crown Street. It has near perfect acoustics warmly accented by a wooden floor architecture in the listening room.
Wayne Escoffery and his quintet returned last year to hometown New Haven, Connecticut to record a live performance at this site. The jazz set they performed is highlighted on the imminent album, Live At Firehouse 12. (March 4th)
Wayne Escoffery is an artist who gives back to the jazz community. Being a teacher myself I fully appreciate the teaching effort Wayne Escoffery provides his students. Wayne currently offers private saxophone lessons from his in home studio and is also available to teach Jazz ensemble classes, theory classes, Jazz improvisation classes, Humanities/Music History Courses and many other music related courses.
He is the author of “A Practical Method of Playing Changes” a method book meant as a clear and practical guide for improvising over common chords and chord progressions, and for developing fluency in all the keys. You can order his book from his Web site, http://escofferymusic.com/teaching.html#book.
Wayne Escoffery also has teaching videos at My Music Master Class.
Wayne will be a teaching artist on the saxophone at the Litchfield Jazz Camp which is held July 6-August 8, 2014. I don’t know when he is teaching during that timeframe but I do hope this means he will be performing at the Litchfield Jazz Festival August 8-10 2014. He is not presently listed but perhaps he will be appearing on the agenda. For those of you who are interested the first jazz artist lineup for the Litchfield Jazz Festival was announced yesterday February 19th.
I also noticed that Wayne Escoffery is appearing at The Side Door in Old Lyme, CT on March 1st. Tickets and more information are available here.
I hope I get to cross paths with Wayne Escoffery this year as his new album is way cool as is his catalog of recordings. I love his commitment to the craft. 🙂