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Jerome Sabbagh

“Mr. Sabbagh avoided direct allusions to the saxophone totems. What he is working toward, simply and effectively, is a sincerely personal vocabulary.” 
- New York Times


Saxophonist and composer Jerome Sabbagh was born in Paris in 1973 and has been living in New York since 1995. He became an American citizen in 2014.

Jerome Sabbagh was one of Paul Motian's last saxophone players. After one gig together, the legendary drummer asked him to play for a week at the Village Vanguard, in his “New Trio” with guitarist Ben Monder, in September 2011. A prolific forward-thinking composer, as well as a musician with a deep connection to the well of the jazz tradition, he has been leading a few bands over the last few years.

His longstanding quartet of ten years with Ben Monder, Joe Martin and Ted Poor has released three critically acclaimed albums, including “The Turn” (Sunnyside Records), which was selected in the best releases of 2014 by the Boston Globe, L.A. Times among others. His most recent release is “No Filter”, co-led with Greg Tuohey, with Joe Martin and Kush Abadey (Sunnyside, 2018).

Jerome has also recorded an album exclusively devoted to standards, “One Two Three”, in a saxophone trio setting with Ben Street and Rodney Green.

“I Will Follow You” is a freer project featuring European drum legend Daniel Humair and Ben Monder. “Plugged In”, sparked by a CMA/FACE grant, is an electric project co-led with Belgian keyboardist Jozef Dumoulin, with Patrice Blanchard and Rudy Royston. Jerome Sabbagh also performs duet with Danny Grissett.

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”The willfully lyrical tenor saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh is the rarest of rare birds: a young tenor saxophonist with a distinctive concept, dependent not so much on his elders for inspiration as his own imagination.” (JazzTimes)

“Mr. Sabbagh played with untroubled self-assurance, and his songs had a sleek and sturdy appeal. Just as crucially, his colleagues strove for the unexpected, individually and as an ensemble. [...] Mr. Sabbagh avoided direct allusions to the the saxophone totems. What he is working toward, simply and effectively, is a sincerely personal vocabulary.” (Nate Chinen, New York Times)

“Sabbagh shows his weight throughout with wonderful tone and harmonic genius

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Christreza

Newvelle Records
2020

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No Filter

Sunnyside Records
2018

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Lean

Music Wizards
2017

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The Turn

Sunnyside Records
2014

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Plugged In

Bee Jazz
2012

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Sick Leo

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