George Garzone Duo with Julian Waterfall Pollack

Photo by Ayn Inserto

Saxophonist George Garzone is a member of "The Fringe", a jazz trio founded in 1972, which includes bassist John Lockwood and drummer Bob Gullotti. The group performs regularly in the Boston area, has toured Europe and Israel, and has released ten recordings.

Garzone is a well-known jazz educator, currently teaching at the Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music, New York University and the Manhattan School of Music. He has also previously taught at Northeastern University and the New School. His students have included Joshua Redman, Branford Marsalis, Mark Turner, Donny McCaslin, and Danilo Perez.

He is a member of the Grammy-winning Joe Lovano Nonet, and performed and recorded with this group at the Village Vanguard. He has performed with saxophonists George Adams, Jerry Bergonzi, Michael Brecker, James Spaulding, and Dave Liebman; trumpeters Randy Brecker, Tom Harrell and Eddie Henderson; trombonist Bob Brookmeyer; pianists Kenny Barron, Joanne Brackeen, Jaki Byard, Chick Corea and Kenny Werner; guitarists John Abercrombie and Mick Goodrick; bassists Eddie Gomez and Ray Drummond; drummers Jack DeJohnette, Peter Erskine, Al Foster, Billy Hart, Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones, Mel Lewis and Buddy Rich; vibraphonist Mike Mainieri; composer/conductors Gil Evans, George Russell, Gunther Schuller and Carla Bley; and the Woody Herman Big Band.

He has performed internationally at Umbria Jazz Festival, Bordeaux Jazz Festival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Molde Jazz Festival, Helsinki Jazz Festival, Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, as well as tours of Japan, South America, Poland, Turkey, Bulgaria, South Africa, Australia and Hong Kong.

In addition to his recordings with "The Fringe" he has also released "Alone", NYC Records (1995); "Four's and Two's, NYC Records (1996); "Demetrio's Dream", NL Records (1997); "Moodiology, NYC Records (1999); "One Two Three Four", Stunt Records (2007); "Night of My Beloved", Venus Records (2007).

Pianist Julian Waterfall Pollack is the recipient of numerous prestigious national awards, such as the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts (NFAA) Level One Gold Prize and member of its Clifford Brown/Stan Getz All-Stars, Down Beat’s Student Music Award for “Outstanding High School Jazz Instrumental Group” (2004, 2005), as well as 1st Place, Combo Division in consecutive years (2005, 2006) and “Outstanding Combo Soloist” three years running (2004, 2005, 2006) at Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Festival.

He served as the principal pianist for the San Francisco Bay Area's preeminent honors youth ensemble, the SFJAZZ All-Star High School Ensemble, for his four high school years, making him the very first “full-scholarship” student of the program. He has performed with the likes of Joshua Redman, Nicholas Payton, Miguel Zenon, Eric Harland, and Andre Hayward, and at prestigious venues such as Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Lincoln Center, and Yoshi’s, and international festivals including Montreux, Umbria, and Monterey. He has appeared on Marian McPartland's Award-Winning "Piano Jazz" program on National Public Radio.

“I want to be the first to say it: Julian is a genius.” —Albert "Tootie" Heath