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SJF Big Band featuring Joe Lovano

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August 4, 2024 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Ritz Theater, 222 Wyoming Ave, Scranton, PA 18503

The 19th annual Scranton Jazz Festival is proud to present the legendary Grammy award winning
saxophonist “Joe Lovano” with the SJF Big Band Sunday, August 4, 2024 at 5:30pm (The Ritz Theater)

Grammy-winning saxophonist, composer and producer Joe Lovano is fearless in finding new modes of artistic
expression. With a Grammy Win for his 52nd Street Themes and 14 other nominations, he has won DownBeat
Magazine ’s Critics and Readers Polls countless times as Tenor Saxophonist, Musician of the Year, Jazz
Album of the Year and Triple Crowns from DownBeat. He has also received numerous awards from Jazz
Times and the Jazz Journalists Association for Tenor Saxophone, Album of the Year and Musician of the Year.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio on December 29, 1952 he attended the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston
where years later he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate. Since 2001 he has held the Gary Burton Chair in
Jazz Performance and is a founding faculty member since 2009 of the Global Jazz Institute at Berklee directed
by Danilo Pérez. He is a guest lecturer at New York University’s Jazz Program, Juilliard and Manhattan School
of Music as well as Clinician at Universities around the globe.

From 1991 through 2016, Lovano released an unprecedented 25 records as a leader for the historic Blue Note
Records. Joe Lovano Quartet: Classic! Live at Newport featuring Hank Jones was recorded in 2005 and
released in 2016 to critical acclaim. In 2019, Lovano released his debut album as a bandleader on ECM
Records, Trio Tapestry, with Marilyn Crispell and Carmen Castaldi. Over the next few years, Lovano saw the
release of three additional ECM Records albums: ROMA, a collaboration with Enrico Rava; Arctic Riff, a
special guest appearance with the Marcin Wasilewski Trio; and the sophomore release from Lovano’s Trio
Tapestry, Garden of Expression. In 2021, Lovano released Other Worlds, his third album with Sound Prints, a
quintet he co-leads with trumpeter Dave Douglas. The next year brought a collaboration with guitarist Jakob
Bro, Once Around the Room: A Tribute to Paul Motian. Most recently, Lovano released his third Trio Tapestry
recording entitled, Our Daily Bread.

In addition, composer Mark Anthony Turnage wrote a Concerto for Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra for Joe
called “A Man Descending” which has been performed globally and Maestro Michael Abene orchestrated an
album of all-Lovano originals called “Symphonica” for the WDR Symphonic Orchestra and Big Band, which
was released on Blue Note and received a Grammy nomination.

Joe has performed and recorded with a long list of jazz greats including Woody Herman, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Mel
Lewis, Bob Brookmeyer, Paul Motian, Bill Frisell, Tony Bennett, Abbey Lincoln, Charlie Haden, John Scofield,
Gunther Schuller, Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, Ed Blackwell, Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, Hank Jones, Dave
Liebman, Michael Brecker, Dave Douglas, Judi Silvano, Ravi Coltrane, Chucho Valdés, Ornette Coleman,
Diana Krall, and many others. Joe has created an extensive body of work for his own ensembles including
strings, woodwinds, his horn-rich Nonet, the Classic Quartet, Trio Tapestry, and more.

Joe Lovano continues to explore new horizons within the world of music as a soloist, bandleader and


August 4, 2024 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ritz Theater, 222 Wyoming Ave, Scranton, PA 18503