NMS Events 2017
Throughout the year, Neighborhood Music School hosts a variety of events – including many that are free and open to the public – from our Spotlight series, to special fundraising and donor events, faculty and student concerts and so much more! Please visit this page regularly to check out what’s up next. See you SOON!
Save the date for our next fundraiser, Kaleidoscope, a community concert featuring NMS-affiliated musical groups! October 29 from 4-6 pm at New Haven's College Street Music Hall. We'll see you there!
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Matching Wine, Music and Friends
Sunday, January 29, 2017
A unique wine tasting event! NMS alum and Grammy award-winning saxophonist Wayne Escoffery returned to NMS this past January to help raise funds for financial aid students participating in our new After-School Arts Academy.Guests enjoyed scintillating jazz favorites performed by The Wayne Escoffery Quartet paired with intriguing new wines chosen by The Wine Thief's wine expert, T.J. Gallagher, and delicious cheese and charcuterie provided by Caseus. The Wayne Escoffery Quartet will also feature Earl MacDonald, piano; Joel Forbes, bass; and Ben Bilello, drums.
NMS alumnus Wayne Escoffery is a Grammy Award-winning tenor saxophonist who has recorded eight CDs as a leader as well as toured and recorded with renowned musicians from around the world.
2014 Downbeat Critics Poll Winner and Grammy Award-winning tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery is one of the jazz world’s most talented rising stars and in-demand sidemen. Since 2006, he has been primarily associated with trumpet master, Tom Harrell, after securing one of the most coveted gigs in jazz: a frontline position in Harrell’s working quintet. For the past decade, Escoffery has toured the globe with the trumpeter, recorded seven CDs with The Tom Harrell Quintet and co-produced four of those releases. He has also been a member of The Mingus Dynasty, Big Band and Orchestra since 2000 and has made several recordings with the group.
Over the years, he has recorded and performed internationally with the “who’s who” in jazz, including Ron Carter, Ben Riley, Abdulah Ibrahim, Eric Reed, Carl Allen, Al Foster, Billy Hart, Eddie Henderson, Rufus Reid, Wallace Roney and Herbie Hancock, just to name a few. Escoffery leads his own groups, which tour internationally, and has made several highly acclaimed studio recordings with said groups. His current working quartet features pianist David Kikoski, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Ralph Peterson, and has a release on the Smalls Live record label. Escoffery is also a founding member of a collaborative group called Black Art Jazz Collective, which is comprised of fellow rising star musicians of his generation and is dedicated to celebrating African American icons through originally composed music. The group’s most recent recording, Black Art Jazz Collective - Presented By The Side Door Jazz Club in Old Lyme, received 4.5 stars in the October, 2016 issue of Downbeat Magazine.
In addition to performing, Escoffery is dedicated to music education and presents lectures and master classes on jazz music. He is currently the saxophone instructor for The New Jersey Performing Arts Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens program, and in the Fall of 2016 was appointed Lecturer of Jazz Improvisation and Ensemble coach at the Yale School of Music as a part of Yale University’s new Jazz Initiative, the first of its kind for the University.
"Pay special attention to tenor man Wayne Escoffery whose rapid development - from album to album (and seemingly solo to solo) - has given us a jazz hero for the coming decade." - Niel Tesser - Chicago Reader
“His sound is arguably a contemporary mix of Coltrane, Shorter and Henderson influences, but is already personal...His technique is superb...” - Tony Hall – Jazzwise Magazine
“Escoffery’s playing is impassioned and intense” - Chris Robinson – Downbeat Magazine
To listen to Wayne Escoffery visit his website.