Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor
New York City saxophonist Jeff Hackworth keeps alive the soulful tenor tradition of such historic greats as Gene Ammons, David “Fathead” Newman, Stanley Turrentine and the still active Houston Person. But rather than just duplicate the past, Hackworth invigorates the music with his own personal sound and modern ideas.
Scott Yanow, author of ten books including The Jazz Singers, Trumpet Kings, Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917-76
New York City abounds with working musicians trying to make their mark in jazz circles. Whether as a fan or music professional, discovering these musicians is a delight, especially when the musician has arrived and developed a true voice in the jazz tradition.
Jeff Hackworth is one such musician. He’s achieved a deep understanding of the tenor sax and he plays with assurance and a keen mastery of the drenching emotions of his horn. Houston Person introduced me to Jeff and has been a big influence and mentor in Hackworth’s career. I endorse this enthusiasm, and I am honored to add these words.
Sid Gribetz WKCR-FM NYC
“Jeff Hackworth plays in the spirit of master tenor players such as Gene Ammons, Stanley Turrentine and Houston Person. ...talent such as his is bound to rise to the top”
Bob Porter WBGO
With his big tone and hard-swinging style, New York City based saxophonist, Jeff Hackworth possesses all the right ingredients to produce soulful, intelligent and passionate music. His honed his sound and feel while playing countless gigs in the smoky clubs of his hometown, Buffalo NY.
“There was a lot of work in Buffalo, and I mean work in the blue collar sense.” Jeff says, “I played in many blues and R&B bands and on the jazz side there was an underground, yet thriving organ trio scene that I gravitated to. It was in those clubs where I met some great older musicians who had been out on the road and had come back home. They taught me how to play.”
In addition to paying these dues he also spent time on the road doing big-band swing with the Tommy Dorsey Band (Buddy Morrow edition) and blues with Matt “Guitar” Murphy’s band. He has performed with artists as diverse as Buddy Rich, Mel Torme', the Temptations, Blood Sweat & Tears.
“Working for leaders like Buddy Morrow and Matt “Guitar” Murphy was an incredible education.” Jeff explains, “They expected nothing less than your best, no matter how far you had traveled that day to get to the gig.”
“Music should have that perfect balance between intellect and soulfulness” says Jeff “that’s why I have always loved the sound of people like Houston Person, Stanley Turrentine, David Fathead Newman and Gene Ammons. It’s a style of playing that connects with an audience at many levels.”
Where The Blue Begins
Big Bridge Music
Tracks: Can't Help Falling In Love; Love Is a Many Splendored Thing; What Will I Tell My Heart; Just a Sittin' and a Rockin'; Just One More Chance; Stranger In Paradise; Oh, You Crazy Moon; One Mint Julip; Then I'll Be Tired of You; Stairway to the Stars .
Personnel: Jeff Hackworth: tenor saxphone, Lafayette Harris Jr: piano, Alvin Atkinson: drums, John Webber: bass, John Basile: guitar.
How Little We Know
Big Bridge Music
Tracks: Sunset Eyes; How Little We Know; They All Say I'm The Biggest Fool; My Lean Baby; Tenderly; How am I to Know; All or Nothing at All; I'm Just a Lucky So and so; Why Do I love You; This is Always; Don't Take Your Love From Me .
Personnel: Jeff Hackworth: tenor saxophone, Norman Simmons: piano, Peter Washington: bass, Chip White drums, Peter Hand: guitar
What a Wonderful World
Tracks: I'm Thru talkin', Generation XXL, Love Letters, What a Wonderful World, The Breeze and I, Prisoner of Love, Hittin' The Bricks, Ciao Ciao.
Jeff Hackworth: tenor saxophone, Bobby Jones: Hammond B3 organ, Kent Leech: drums
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