Jerome Sabbagh

Born: September 14, 1973    Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Jerome Sabbagh

Saxophonist and composer Jerome Sabbagh was born in Paris and has been living in New York since 1995. He has recorded five albums as a leader, the upcoming “Plugged In”, “I Will Follow You”, “One Two Three”, “Pogo” and “North”.

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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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

”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.” (

“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.” (

As a leader:

, Bee Jazz, to be released in 2012, with Jozef Dumoulin, Patrice Blanchard and Rudy Royston

I Will Follow You, Bee Jazz, 2010, with Ben Monder and Daniel Humair

One Two Three, Bee Jazz, 2009, with Ben Street and Rodney Green

Pogo, Sunnyside, 2007, with Ben Monder, Joe Martin and Ted Poor

North, Fresh Sound New Talent, 2004, with Ben Monder, Joe Martin and Ted Poor

As a co-leader:

Flipside, Naxos Jazz, 1998, with Greg Tuohey, Matt Penman and Darren Beckett

As a sideman:

Laurent Coq Quartet, Eight Fragments of Summer, 88 Trees, 2009

Guilherme Monteiro, Air, BJU Records, 2009

Joel Harrison, Urban Myths, HighNote, 2009

Laurent Coq Quartet, Like A Tree In The City, Sunnyside, 2003

Pablo Ablanedo Octet, Alegria, Fresh Sound New Talent, 2003

Pablo Ablanedo Octet, From Down There, Fresh Sound New Talent, 2001

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