Born: September 23, 1977 Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor
Saxophonist, recording artist, composer, and educator Grant Langford lives in New York City. Since 2005 Grant has been touring as a regular member of the Count Basie Orchestra. Mr. Langford was the first recipient of the 2003 Young Lion award by the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium. He has performed as a leader and as a sideman in the U.S. and abroad with the Ray Charles Orchestra, TS Monk Tentet, Eric Reed Quintet, Sean Thomas Quartet, Dave Gibson Quintet, the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra, Kent Glenn-Putter Smith Quartet and The Brooklyn Soul Organization. Mr. Langford has also taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder Mile High Jazz Camp for two summers.
Grant recieved his Bachelor's Degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and his teachers have included Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Charlie Banacas, Danilo Perez, George Russell, Fred Haas, and Allan Chase. He has been playing Saxophone since the age of 12. Mr. Langfords most recent recording is with The Brooklyn Soul Organization entitled The Victims of The Ruthless. This is a collaborative project with Grammy nominated saxophonist Bradford Leali, veteran Organist Radam Schwartz, and the up-and-coming Jerome Jennings on Drums. This features two compositions by Langford. This record is due to be released Spring 2004. Langford describes his latest project,
This is a very creative group that plays a lot of new music but stresses the groove, soul and uplifting listeners and each other.
Festivals: Montreal Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival, Brooklyn Jazz Festival, Jazz Artists on the Greens (Trinidad and Tobago), Grenada Jazz Festival.
Clubs/Venues: Jordan Hall, The Knitting Factory, The Carlyle Hotel, Smalls Jazz Club, Swing 46, Showmans Lounge, Pumpkins, St. Nicks Pub, Smoke, Cleopatra's Needle. �