Born: December 4, 1982 Primary Instrument: Sax, alto
Born and raised in Rochester, NY, Art is a jazz composer, arranger and versatile woodwind instrumentalist. Primarily an alto saxophonist, he is proficient on soprano saxophone, flute and clarinet. He began his musical studies on piano at age 6, took up clarinet at age 10 and then alto saxophone a year later. Soon after, Art developed a strong interest in jazz and began studying improvisation. During his high school years, Art won an Outstanding Soloist Award at the 2000 Essentially Ellington Festival in New York City, played in the New York State All-State Jazz Ensemble, and was one of two winners in the Rochester Area Young Jazz Artist competition in 2001. As a result, he performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra “Pops” that summer in a concert directed by Jeff Tyzik....
Awards:• Wayne Shorter Award, Berklee College of Music, March 2009 • Herb Pomeroy Award, Berklee College of Music, March 2008 • Young Jazz Artist award winner, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, 2001 • Outstanding Soloist award winner, Essentially Ellington Festival, 2000