Saxophonist, composer, producer and educator Greg Osby has made an indelible mark on contemporary jazz as the leader of his own ensembles and as a guest artist with other acclaimed jazz grouops for the last two decades. Highly regarded for his insightful and innovative approach to composition and performance, 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 on St. Louis, Greg began his professional music career in 1975 after three years of private studies on clarinet, flute and alto saxophone. Coming from a vibrant musical city, Osby showed an early interest in the performing arts and spend his years in seondary school with a heavy involvement in blues and jazz groups. In 1978 Osby furthered his musical education at Howard University in Washington, DC, where he majored in jazz studies.
He continued his studies at the Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) from 1980 to 1983.
Upon relocating to New York in early 1983, 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 to join Jack DeJohnette's innovative group, "Special Edition." It was as a member of this ensemble that 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."
Alto saxophonist Greg Osby plays Bravo #3 reeds.
Greg Osby on intonation and the "jazz / classical music" sound
Xavier Figuerola Monzonís
Xavier Figuerola Monzonís is living proof that jazz music knows no boundaries of language or nationality. He is one of the hard-charging members of the saxophone section of the Barcelona Jazz Orchestra, with whom he has recorded with Jon Faddis, Phil Woods, and many others.
In addition, Xavier teaches woodwind instruments at the Catalonia College of Music in Barcelona, where he has an active studio of young players from throughout the region.
Also a gifted clarinetist, Xavier uses Bravo Reeds and Reed Boosters.
SWIM OUT COSTA BRAVA 2016 - William Mauvais & Maéva Truntzer
The Barcelona Jazz Orchestra featuring Xavier Figuerola MonzonÍs on tenor saxophone, playing Moten Swing, arranged by Ernie Wilkins.
Sitges Jazz Antic MELODY - Gunhild Carling & Shakin' All - Jazz in Spain
Xavier on clarinet with Gunhild Carling by the sea in Barcelona.
Tennessee O'Hanlon is an educator and performer on clarinet, bass clarinet, baritone and alto saxophones, and piano, She graduated from California State University Sacramento with a double emphasis in Clarinet Performance and Composition.
She started piano studies at age 5, clarinet at age 10, and saxophone at age 13. While in high school, she performed on baritone sax with the Monterey All-Star Jazz Ensemble in Japan. She played clarinet in the CMEA All State Honor Band. While in college, she played bass clarinet in the CBDA's Western Division Intercollegiate Honor Band and toured Europe with the Cal State East Bay Jazz Ensemble. Her vast and far-reaching musical experiences include her orchestral arrangement of Rialto Ripples, performed by the Sacramento State Orchestra.
She teaches privately on woodwinds and piano at her studio in Santa Cruz and at the Harker School in San Jose. She currently performs with the New Flamingo Swing Orchestra, the Speakeasy Three, and Trio Saudade. She owns and operates her own music agency.
Tennessee plays #4 Bravo Clarinet Reeds and #3 Alto Saxophone Reeds, with Reed Boosters. She uses #3 tenor saxophone Bravo Reeds on her bass clarinet and looks forward to switching to Bravo Baritone Saxophone Reeds when they become available.
The Peacocks, CSU Sacramento @ Monterey Jazz Festival, 4-6-08