Jerome Sabbagh Trio

Saxophonist and composer Jerome Sabbagh was born in Paris, France in 1973 and moved to New York in 1995. There he formed the collective Flipside with guitarist Greg Tuohey, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Darren Beckett. They recorded an eponymous album for Naxos Jazz. Since then, Jerome Sabbagh has been writing music and leading his own bands, recording four albums as a leader, "One Two Three", "Pogo", "North" and the latest, "I Will Follow You" with Ben Monder and Daniel Humair.

As a sideman, Jerome has been involved with pianist Laurent Coq's quartet and Guillermo Klein's Los Guachos.

Jerome has played with drummers Paul Motian, Daniel Humair, Victor Lewis, Bill Stewart, Billy Drummond, Jeff Ballard, Ari Hoenig, Andrew Cyrille, Eliot Zigmund, Jochen Rueckert, Ted Poor; bassists Matt Penman, François Moutin, Matt Brewer, Reggie Workman; guitarists Steve Cardenas, Ben Monder, Vic Juris, Brad Shepik, Jonathan Kreisberg; pianists Jean-Michel Pilc, Danny Grissett, Bruce Barth, David Berkman, Vincent Bourgeyx, Dan Tepfer; saxophonists Miguel Zenon, Chris Cheek, Bill McHenry, Sam Newsome, Seamus Blake, Tony Malaby, and Donny McCaslin.

“Mr. Sabbagh avoided direct allusions to the saxophone totems. What he is working toward, simply and effectively, is a sincerely personal vocabulary.” --Nate Chinen, New York Times

“The willfully lyrical tenor saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh is the rarest of rare birds: a young tenor saxophonist with a distinctive concept, dependent not so much on his elders for inspiration as his own imagination.” --JazzTimes

“While most saxophonists these days are monsters of shallow virtuosity, it is most refreshing to hear one who thinks about what he plays." --Michel Contat, Télérama

Bassist Gary Wang studied classical bass with Linda McKnight of the Manhattan School of Music.

Since 1995, Gary has worked with with Stanley Turrentine, T.S. Monk, Don Braden, Dena DeRose, David Hazeltine, Jon Gordon, Matt Wilson, Anat Fort, Vinson Valega, and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Ambassadors band.

Gary has appeared in many of the major venues in New York City, including Iridium, Sweet Basil, Jazz Standard, Birdland, Lincoln Center, and Town Hall, and elsewhere, such as the Jazz Showcase in Chicago, The Kennedy Center and Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., and Yoshi’s in Oakland. He has played major festivals, including Newport/JVC, Texaco, North Sea, Umbria, Montreal, Cork, Atlanta, Litchfield, Jazz Yatra in India and Montreux.

In 2002, Gary participated in a U.S. State Department Jazz Ambassadors tour of Kazakhstan, Armenia, Belarus, and the Ukraine.

Drummer Akira Tana was born in San Jose, California. He received degrees in East Asian Studies from Harvard University in 1974 and percussion from the New England Conservatory in 1979.

Tana co-led a quintet for approximately 10 years with bassist Rufus Reid, called TanaReid, which released six CDs. His concert, club and recording credits include Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Zoot Sims, Hubert Laws, Milt Jackson, Jim Hall, Art Farmer, The Paul Winter Consort, Paquito D'Rivera, James Moody, J.J. Johnson, Lena Horne, the Heath Brothers and The Manhattan Transfer.

He has also performed at the Tanglewood Festival under the direction of Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa and Gunther Schuller and accompanied diverse artists such as Charles Aznavour, Maurice Hines and Van Dyke Parks with performances on over 100 recordings.

Recently relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area after 20 years in New York City, Tana continues to be active on the international jazz scene.

Akira appeared here previously with Larry Vuckovich.