Biography


GENERAL
Saxophonist George Garzone is a member of The Fringe, a jazz trio founded in 1972 that includes bassist John Lockwood and drummer Bob Gullotti, that performs regularly in the Boston area and has toured Portugal. The group has released three albums. A veteran jazzman, Garzone has appeared on over 20 recordings. He began on the tenor when he was six, played in a family band and attended music school in Boston. In addition Garzone has guested in many situations, touring Europe with Jamaaladeen Tacuma and performing with Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Jack DeJohnette, Rachel Z and John Patitucci among others.

Garzone is well-known as a sought-after jazz educator, currently teaching at the Berklee College of Music.  He has also previously taught at New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music, New York University, Manhattan School of Music, Northeastern University and the New School University. He has pioneered the triadic chromatic approach and students of his have included Joshua Redman, Branford Marsalis, Teadross Avery, Luciana Souza, Mark Turner, Donny McCaslin, Doug Yates and Danilo Perez, to name a few.

In 1995 he recorded a fine tribute to Stan Getz on NYC called Alone; Four's and Two's followed a year later with compatriot Joe Lovano which earned him four stars in Downbeat magazine, and in 1999 Garzone returned with Moodiology. Fringe in New York was released in summer 2000. He is a member of the Grammy-winning Joe Lovano Nonet, and performed and recorded with this group at the Village Vanguard in September 2002. George is endorsed by Rico Reeds, JodyJazz mouthpieces and R. S. Berkeley musical instruments.

PERFORMANCES WITH PROMINENT ARTISTS

NOTED STUDENTS
During his 30 years of teaching at institutions, George has taught countless of students. Listed below are a select few of his most noted students.

U.S. Venues:

  • Massachusetts: Acton Jazz Cafe, Berklee Performance Center, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, NEC's Jordan Hall, Middle East Caf? Michael's Jazz Club, Natick Center for the Arts, The Regattabar, Ryles Jazz Club, Scullers Jazz Club, Wally's Cafe, The Western Front, Willow Jazz Club, The Zeitgeist Gallery
  • Maine: Center for Cultural Exchange (Portland), faculty at the Maine Jazz Camp (Farmington).
  • New York City, NY: The Blue Note, Birdland, Cornelia Street Cafe The Guggenheim Museum, The Iridium (with the Carla Bley Big Band), The Jazz Standard, The Knitting Factory, Smith's Bar, Sweet Rhythm, The Village Vanguard (with the Joe Lovano Nonet), Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola Jazz At Lincoln Center
  • Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) performer in Louisville, KY (2003) and Nashville, TN (2001).
  • Performed at the Grammy Awards Reception with Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua and special guest Chick Corea, Los Angeles, CA (2004)
  • Performed with Peter Erskine at the International Music Products Association's (NAMM) Trade Show representing Shure Microphones Los Angeles Convention Center, CA (1999)
  • AS-220, Providence, RI.
  • Green Mill, Chicago, Ill.
  • Venues in Buffalo, NY, Hawaii, HI, Las Vegas, NV, Philadelphia, PA, San Antonio, TX

Foreign Venues: