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Roy Nathanson

Primary Instrument: Sax, alto

Roy Nathanson

Roy Nathanson has a varied career as a saxophonist, composer, band-leader, actor and teacher. He is leader and principal composer of the Jazz Passengers, a six piece group that he founded with Curtis Fowlkes in 1987. They have toured Europe many times and played at major festivals in Finland, Germany, Italy, France and Switzerland•as wll as the J.V.C. Festival in New York, the De Maurier Festival In Canada and in clubs and concerts throughout the U.S. and Canada. The band has also recorded eight albums. In 1994, the band released an original vocal album, Jazz Passengers In Love which was produced by Hal Willner and Huge Dwyer for which Mr. Nathanson, composed a variety of songs. A number of guest vocalists were featured, including Jimmy Scoff, John Kelly, Freedy Johnston, Bernard Fowler, Jeff Buckley and Deborah Harry who is now functioning as a full time member of the band. Since the summer of 1995 The Jazz Passengers, have toured Europe and America with Ms. Harry, and an occasional guest appearance by Vocalist Elvis Costello. With this configuration, the “Passengers” have released two albums. “Individually Twisted” (with Ms. Harry and Mr. Costello), and “Live In Spain” featuring Ms. Harry. The band performed orchestral arrangements of their repertoire with Ms. Harry and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in March 2001....
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  • The Coming Great Millenium (1992, label: Knitting Factory Works)
  • Lobster and Friend (1993, label: Knitting Factory)
  • I Could've Been a Drum (1997, Tzadik)
  • Fire at Keaton's Bar and Grill (2000, label: Six Degrees)
  • Sotto Voce (2006, label: Aum Fidelity)
  • Little Fred (label: Tablehead)

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