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Jerome Sabbagh

Primary Instrument: Saxophone


Born: September 14, 1973    

Jerome Sabbagh

Saxophonist and composer Jerome Sabbagh was born in Paris and has been living in New York since 1995. He has recorded six albums as a leader, “The Turn”, “Plugged In”, “I Will Follow You”, “One Two Three”, “Pogo” and “North”. As a saxophonist, composer and improviser, he strives for lyricism, directness and tone.

Jerome Sabbagh has played with Paul Motian (with whom he played at the Village Vanguard for a week with the drummer's New Trio with Ben Monder), Victor Lewis, Bill Stewart, Billy Drummond, Eliot Zigmund, Andrew Cyrille, Damion Reid, Reggie Workman, Matt Penman, Joe Sanders, Lage Lund, Guillermo Klein, Laurent Coq and Jean-Michel Pilc. ...
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Awards

2008: CMA/FACE grant for French-American jazz projects for a new trio project with Ben Street and Rodney Green

2005: "choc de l'année" (CD of the year) for North from the readers of French monthly Jazzman

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    Plugged In

    Bee Jazz
    2012
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    I Will Follow You

    Bee Jazz
    2010
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    One Two Three

    Bee Jazz
    2009
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    Pogo

    Sunnyside Records
    2007
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    North

    Fresh Sound New Talent
    2005
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    North

    Fresh Sound New Talent
    2004

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Featured recording “The Turn”

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The Turn

Bee Jazz (2014)

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”The willfully lyrical tenor saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh is the rarest of rare birds: a young tenor saxophonist with a distinctive concept, dependent not so much on his elders for inspiration as his own imagination.” (JazzTimes)

“Mr. Sabbagh played with untroubled self-assurance, and his songs had a sleek and sturdy appeal. Just as crucially, his colleagues strove for the unexpected, individually and as an ensemble. [...] Mr. Sabbagh avoided direct allusions to the the saxophone totems. What he is working toward, simply and effectively, is a sincerely personal vocabulary.” (Nate Chinen, New York Times)

“Sabbagh shows his weight throughout with wonderful tone and harmonic genius. Chris Potter and Mark Turner better watch out, this Frenchman is set to tear up the scene any moment now.” (allaboutjazz.com)

“The French tenor player has a tune called “Indian Song” that steadily trickles towards several interesting areas with a voluptuousness and a sense of ritual that recall Keith Jarrett's American quartet. He's a comer who hangs in the right circles; it's not everyone who can corral guitarist Ben Monder to their stand.” (Village Voice)

“Jerome Sabbagh shines on reeds with impeccable technique, loads of heart and soul, and loaded lines of thought.” (allaboutjazz.com)

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