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  • Joe Lovano (2011)

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    Joe Lovano was born to be a saxophonist: music was in his family's house and in his genes: his father, Tony "Big T" Lovano was a barber by day and a jazz saxophonist by night; Tony's two brothers were musicians, too; and Joe's mother and her sister could say, with Dave Frishberg, "I don't blow but I'm a fan".

    Having started at age five on an alto saxophone two thirds of his own height, Joe graduated to the tenor. He got his musicians' union card at about the same time as he got his driver's license, In high school he was playing club dates, sometimes subbing for Big T, and making enough money to put himself through college.

    Joe attended Berklee, was active in the Boston scene, worked with B3 players Dr Lonnie Smith, and later Jack McDuff. He moved down to Manhattan, and worked steadily before joining Woody Herman in time to tour and to appear at Carnegie Hall as part of Woody's 40th Anniversary celebration in 1978. He stayed with Woody for a few years, and subsequently spent time with the Mel Lewis Orchestra, Paul Motian's innovative trios and quartets, John Scofield, and has many wonderful projects of his own.

    With Blue Note records for over two decades, Joe has been a particular favorite in the Down Beat magazine polls--both critics' and readers': in 1995 both polls voted his "Rush Hour" jazz album of the year, and voted Joe himself jazz artist of the year; and since 2000 he's won top spot no fewer than 15 times in one or other poll (sometimes both) as tenor saxophonist, or jazz artist, or jazz group, or jazz album. 2001's "52nd Street Themes" not only topped the readers' poll, but won a Grammy

    Joe and his vocalist/dancer wife Judy Silvano live in the Hudson River valley where, when he's not on the move, he swims and tries to get in some golf.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Miles Davis 'Round About Midnight Tadd's Delight Columbia
    # 2 Joe Lovano 52nd Street Themes Tadd's Delight Blue Note
    # 3 Sonny Rollins The Bridge God Bless the Child RCA
    # 4 The Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet At Basin Street The Scene Is Clean EmArcy
    # 5 Joe Lovano 52nd Street Themes The Scene Is Clean Blue Note
    # 6 Elvin Jones Elvin! Lady Luck OJC
    # 7 Joe Lovano Bird Songs Passport Blue Note
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