George Garzone is well known as a sought-after jazz educator. Currently he is a professor in Berklee's Woodwind Department, and he has previously taught at New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music, New York University, Manhattan School of Music, and Northeastern University, among other places. He has pioneered the triadic chromatic approach, and his students have included Joshua Redman, Branford Marsalis, Teadross Avery, Luciana Souza, and Mark Turner, to name a few. For this performance at the Toronto Jazz Festival, Garzone has been rehearsing his original compositions with a group of top student instrumentalists from the U.S., Korea, and Canada. The lineup includes Garzone on sax, Jenny Xu on piano, Maxwell D. Salinger-Ridley on bass, and Jongkuk Kim on drums.
This concert, sponsored by Toronto Downtown Jazz and supported by the Ken Page Memorial Trust, also features the National Youth Jazz Combo and the North Pandemic Groove Quartet from Sapporo, Japan, winners of the 2014 Sapporo Jazz Festival competition.