Neighborhood Music School Benefit - New Haven

January 29, 2017    4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Wayne EscofferyMatching Wine, Music and Friends - a unique wine tasting event! Neighborhood Music School (NMS) alum and Grammy award-winning saxophonist Wayne Escoffery is returning to NMS to help raise funds for financial aid students participating in our new After-School Arts Academy. Enjoy scintillating jazz favorites performed by The Wayne Escoffery Quartet paired with intriguing new wines chosen by The Wine Thief's wine expert, T.J. Gallagher, and delicious cheese and charcuterie provided by Caseus. The Wayne Escoffery Quartet will also feature Earl MacDonald, piano; Joel Forbes, bass; and Ben Bilello, drums.

NMS alumnus Wayne Escoffery is a Grammy Award-winning tenor saxophonist who has recorded eight CDs as a leader as well as toured and recorded with renowned musicians from around the world. Wayne's many notable accomplishments include being a member of acclaimed jazz ensembles such as the Tom Harrell Quintet, Lonnie Plaxico Group, Mingus Big Band and Ben Riley's Monk Legacy Septet, an innovative group dedicated to carrying on the legacy of jazz great Thelonious Monk. Wayne has also toured with Jazz at Lincoln Center's Music of the Masters, two groups of musicians hand-picked by Wynton Marsalis to perform the music of Dexter Gordon and Miles Davis. Known in the jazz world for his muscular tone, impressive technique and versatility, Wayne is continually working on new projects; his latest is a two keyboard quintet featuring pianist Orrin Evans and five-year Miles Davis Band veteran Adam Holzman on keyboards. Wayne performed with his quartet during the 2015 Twilight Tuesdays summer series and is soon taking on the guest artist role for NMS's new Jazz Discovery Program. For more information about Wayne, view his one-sheet here.

$60 individual ticket -- $100 couple ticket - Tickets are limited!

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For information please call Brandon in the development office at 203-624-5189, ext. 15.


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