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Greg Osby

Saxophonist, composer, producer and educator Greg Osby has made an indelible mark on contemporary jazz as a leader of his own ensembles and as a guest artist with other acclaimed jazz groups fo the past 20 years. Notable for his insightful and innovative approach to composition and performance of original jazz music, Osby is a shining beacon among the current generation of jazz musicians. He has earned numerous awards and critical acclaim for his recorded works and passionate live performances.

Born and raised in St. Louis, Greg Osby began his professional music career in 1975, after three years of private studies on clarinet, flute and alto saxophone. Coming from a vibrant and musical city, Osby showed an early interest in the performing arts and spent his years in secondary school with a heavy involvement in Blues and Jazz groups. In 1978 Osby furthered his musical education at Howard University where he majored in Jazz Studies. He continued his studies at the Berklee College of Music from 1980 to 1983.

Upon relocating to New York, Osby quickly established himself as a notable and in demand sideman for artists as varied as Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Jack DeJohnette, Andrew Hill, Muhal Richard Abrams, Jim Hall and Jaki Byard as well as with many ethnic and new music ensembles in the New York area.

In 1985 Osby was invited to tour with Jack DeJohnette's innovative group, “Special Edition”. It was as a member of this ensemble Osby was able to fine tune the more challenging aspects of his conception in an open ended, no holds barred musical situation. Says Osby, “My musical thinking for performance and composition advanced by light years as Jack was open to my input and was very encouraging in pushing me to to maintain a steady flow of experimentation. It marked a major turning point in my development as an artist.” In 1987, Osby signed his first recording deal with an obscure German label , JMT (Jazz Music Today). With this situation, he felt that he was finally able to document life as he saw it through music. He had free creative reign to do whatever he liked. He recorded four CD titles for that label. Osby signed with Blue Note Records in 1990 and has since recorded fourteen recordings for that label as a leader. From the pulse of the streets and the language of a generation, Osby has sketched numerous musical essays set to a contemporary score using the improvisational nature of Jazz as the connecting thread.

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Music Education Monday: Saxophone master classes with Greg Osby

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September 24, 2010

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April 10, 2009

Greg Osby Featured in RFT Story

April 09, 2009

Jazz This Week: Jazz Attack, Greg Osby with Willie Akins, Wee Trio,...

April 02, 2009

Guitarist Jimmy Herring to Embark on First Solo Tour with Greg Osby,...

March 31, 2009

Notes from the Net: Rare Miles Davis Photos Online; Greg Osby, Bela...

March 25, 2009

"Jazz 101" Class with Greg Osby Set for Thursday, April 9

November 05, 2008

Jazz St. Louis Seeks Student Saxophonist to Perform with Greg Osby and...

October 19, 2008

Saxophonist Greg Osby Interviewed at AAJ...And More

September 17, 2008

Guitarist Jimmy Herring's Debut Record with Greg Osby and Derek Trucks

August 07, 2008

Greg Osby and Sara Serpa Perform at the Village Vanguard

October 30, 2007

Saxophonist Greg Osby at Middle Tennessee State University;...

January 29, 2007

Greg Osby to Perform with Students at Berklee, Feb. 8

January 16, 2007

Greg Osby at Zanzibar Blue in Philadelphia, Jan. 19-20

September 13, 2006

Andrew Cyrille/Greg Osby Duo at New Haven's Firehouse 12 October 20th

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Sonic Halo

Sonic Halo

Challenge Records
2014

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9 Levels

9 Levels

Inner Circle Music
2008

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Channel Three

Channel Three

Blue Note Records
2005

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Public

Public

Blue Note Records
2004

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St. Louis Shoes

St. Louis Shoes

Blue Note Records
2003

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Season Of Renewal

Season Of Renewal

Winter & Winter
2003

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