Born: September 23, 1950 Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor
Last Updated: November 23, 2009
Saxophonist George Garzone is a member of The Fringe, a jazz trio founded in 1972 that includes bassist John Lockwood and drummer Bob Gullotti, that performs regularly in the Boston area and has toured Portugal. The group has released three albums. A veteran jazzman, Garzone has appeared on over 20 recordings. He began on the tenor when he was six, played in a family band and attended music school in Boston. In addition Garzone has guested in many situations, touring Europe with Jamaaladeen Tacuma and performing with Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Jack DeJohnette, Rachel Z and John Patitucci among others.
Garzone is well-known as a sought-after jazz educator, teaching at the Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music, New York University and the New School University Jazz and Contemporary Program. He has pioneered the triadic chromatic approach and students of his have included Joshua Redman, Branford Marsalis, Teadross Avery, Luciana Souza, Mark Turner, Donny McCaslin, Doug Yates and Danilo Pérez, to name a few.
In 1995 he recorded a fine tribute to Stan Getz on NYC called Alone; Four's and Two's followed a year later with compatriot Joe Lovano which earned him four stars in Downbeat magazine, and in 1999 Garzone returned with Moodiology. Fringe in New York was released in summer 2000. He is a member of the Grammy-winning Joe Lovano Nonet, and performed and recorded with this group at the Village Vanguard in September 2002. George is endorsed by Rico Reeds.
AS A LEADER
Alone, NYC Records (1995); with Luciana Souza, voice; Chuck Loeb, guitar; David Kikoski, piano; Eddie Gomez, bass; Lenny White, drums.
Four's and Two's, NYC Records (1996); with Joe Lovano, saxophones; Joey Calderazzo, piano; John Lockwood, bass; Bill Stewart, drums.
Demetrio's Dream, Music by Gianni Pezzano, NL Records (1997)
Moodiology, NYC Records (1999); with Kenny Werner, piano; John Lockwood, bass; Bob Gullotti, drums; Claire Daly, baritone saxophone; Douglas Yates, alto saxophone, bass clarinet; Mike Mainieri, vibraphone.
The Fringe in New York, NYC Records (2000); with the Fringe and Mike Mainieri, vibraphone.
One Two Three Four, Stunt Records (2007); with Chris Crocco, guitar; Dennis Irwin, bass; Pete Zimmer, drums
WITH THE FRINGE
The Fringe, Ap-Gu-Ga Records (1978)
Live! Ap-Gu-Ga Records (1980)
Hey Open Up (with special guest Ran Blake), Ap-Gu-Ga Records (1982)
The Raging Bulls, Ap-Gu-Ga Records (1986)
Return of the Neanderthal Man, Northeastern Records (1989)
It's Time for the Fringe, Soul Note Records (1992)
Live in Israel, Soul Note Records (1997)
Live in Iseo, Soul Note Records (2002)
The Fringe Live at the Zeitgeist (with special guest, Joe Lovano), Resolution Recordings (2005)
WITH OTHER ARTISTS
George Russell and the In Living Time Orchestra: The African Game, Blue Note Records, (1983)
Mordy Ferber: Mr. X, Half Note Records (1985)
Bob Moses/Tsziji Munoz: Love Everlasting, Amulet Records (1987)
The Schulldogs: Tenor Tantrums, GM Recordings (1988)
Gunther Schuller/Orange Then Blue: Jumpin. in the Future, GM Recordings (1989)
Orange Then Blue: Where Were You? GM Recordings, (1989)
George Schuller: Looking Up from Down Below, GM Recordings (1990)
Wolfgang Muthspiel: Black and Blue, Amadeo Records (1992)
Danilo Perez: The Journey, Novus Records (1993)
Alex Deutsch (with Jamaaladeen Tacuma): Pink, Inc, DIW Records (1991)
Ingrid Jensen: Vernal Fields, Enja Records (1994)
Rachel Z: Room of One's Own, NYC Records (1996)
David White: Double Double, CIMP (1998)
Dave Bryant: The Eternal Hang, Accurate Records (1999)
Mike Mainieri: An American Diary Vol. 2: The Dreamings, NYC Records (1999)
Claire Daly: Swing Low, Koch Records (1999)
Luciana Souza: The Answer to Your Silence, NYC Records (1999)
Frank Tiberi: Tiberian Mode, NY Jam Records (1999)
Johnny Johansson: Boston Tea Party, BIBA Records (1999)
Various Artists: As Long as You're Living Yours: The Music of Keith Jarrett, Victor/RCA Records (2000)
Joe Lovano Nonet: 52nd Street Themes, Blue Note Records (2000)
Martin Taylor: Kiss and Tell, Sony Records (2000)
Jerry Steinhilber: Chicago Trio/New York Tenor, Soul Note Records (2001)
Barry Wedgle: Paradise, Exit Records (2001)
Dino Govoni: Breakin' Out, Whaling City Sound (2001)
Joe Lovano Nonet: On This Day: At the Vanguard (Live), Blue Note Records (2002)
Abby and Norm Group: Melodic Miner's Daughter, A to Z Music (2003)
Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra with Bob Brookmeyer and George Garzone: Clairvoyance, Self-published (2006)
Chris Crocco Fluid Trio: Fluid Trio, Self-published (2007)
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