Jorge Sylvester

Born: February 5, 1953    Primary Instrument: Sax, alto

Jorge Sylvester

JORGE SYLVESTER - Alto Saxophone/Composer/Arranger/Teacher

Born in Colon, Panama attended the Panama Conservatory of Music and the University of Panama. He received a Bachelor of Science in Music from the State University of New York College at New Paltz in 1981. A unique innovator in the idiom of creative music, Sylvester sound is reminiscent of another time in jazz history when artists like Dolphy and Ornette were exploding on the scene and experimenting with concepts that would ultimately revolutionize music at large. A throwback to the future, Mr. Sylvester has been on the cutting edge of that scene since 1980 when he first came to New York City. His blend of African-Caribbean Rhythms with new music is what gives Sylvester his distinguished voice. An impressive composer and arranger,his music moves, entices and stirs the imagination, as visual as it is physical, his ability to transform colors into sounds and sounds into textures place him in the company of the great expressionist painters....
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“...Jorge Sylvester's distinctive alto saxophone sound is imbued with the volatility of Caribbean basin's complex mosaic, transformed and focused by the probing musical linguistics pioneered by the great saxophonists of modern jazz. Jorge's composer's imagination is the matchless structural coherence of his improvisational work.” Ramsey Ameen, 12/2005

“...If Ornette Coleman had be born and reared in Nassau, his music would have sounded like this.” C. Michael Bailey - All about Jazz

“ Sylvester's alto work is deeply rooted in bebop but fluent in the most modern of horn vocabularies. With this album, (In The Ear Of The Beholder) he makes his mark as one of the more advanced, imaginative voices in Afro-Caribbean jazz.” David R. Adler – All Music Guide

Jorge Sylvester ACE COLLECTIVE, Spirit Driven(FouR Records - 2013)
Jorge Sylvester/Nora McCarthy A Small Dream In Red, IN THE LANGUAGE OF DREAMS(RedZen Record - 2013)
Jorge Sylvester Quartet, Following the Line/Live in New York City (LizokaMusic - 2003)
Jorge Sylvester ACE TRIO, In The Ear of The Beholder(Jazz Magnet - 2001)
Jorge Sylvester/Nora McCarthy A Small Dream In Red, A SMALL DREAM IN RED(Sundown - 2001)
Jorge Sylvester/Sam Newsome/Alex Harding/Aron Stewart Collective Identity Saxophone Quartet, THE MASS(Palmetto Records - 2000)
Jorge Sylvester MUSICOLLAGE(Postcard Records - 1996)
Jorge Sylvester/Miguel Angel Chastang Chastang-Sylvester Sextet, MAGIC NIGHT(Jazz Stop Records, Madrid Spain, 1984)

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Primary Instrument:
Sax, alto

Brooklyn, NY 11216-3306

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

TEACHING QUALIFICATIONS : * Over 20 years experience - Saxophone, Jazz improvisation, Music Theory, and Composition, and Sound Work. * Private classes and Workshops - Advance students and Beginners. * Experimenting with Caribbean Rhythms and Free Music Art Forms. EDUCATION : * State University of New York College at New Paltz, NY - BS in Music 1980-81 * Creative Music Studio - Woodstock, NY - 1980-81 * National Conservatory of Music - Madrid, Spain - 1978 * University of Panama - 1972 - 1976 * National Conservatory of Music - Republic of Panama - 1972 -1975 TEACHING HISTORY: * Private Saxophone Instruction - Madrid,Spain(1979) New York, USA(1989 - Present), Panama(2007) * East Harlem Music School - Music Theory (1992) * Brooklyn Conservatory of Music - Music Theory, Saxophone (1999-200) * New Jersey Music Education and Advancement Program, NJ PAC (June, 2000)

Clinic/Workshop Information:
• Long Island University {Brooklyn Campus} • WINTER CONCERT (December 14, 2011) Featured Jorge Sylvester composition, "Chasing the Bell," written for and performed by the LIU Jazz Ensemble. • Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus: • Fall, 2011 JAZZ CLINIC & CONCERT SERIES (November 8, 2011) • “Experimenting with Caribbean Rhythms” • A Composition Workshop for all instruments including the voice. • PANAMA FORTH ANNUAL JAZZ FESTIVAL: (January 15-20, 2007) Jazz improvisation Concepts for all instruments Including the Voice. • OBERLIN COLLEGE: Experimenting with Caribbean Rhythms - (September, 21 2007) COMPOSITION WORKSHOP FOR ALL INSTRUMENTS INCLUDING THE VOICE

I currently play a Low A Eb Selmer Alto Saxophone M-146119(1967) And an SR Technologies Alto Legend L-85 mouthpiece with Vandoren V12 Reeds

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