WUSF All Night Jazz Focus Artist of the Week: Joe Lovano

Photo: Craig Lovell/ECM Records

This week on All Night Jazz, we’ll focus on tenor saxophone star Joe Lovano. Born in Cleveland on December 29, 1952, Lovano came from a musical family. His father, Tony or “Big T,” was also a tenor saxophonist as well as two of his brothers.

He studied at Berklee under Gary Burton and shortly thereafter began working with organists Dr. Lonnie Smith and “Brother” Jack McDuff. Lovano was in the big bands of Woody Herman and the Mel Lewis in the ‘70s and early ‘80s. He later began a longtime collaboration with guitarist and former Miles Davis sideman, John Scofield.

In 2008 Lovano formed his band “Us Five” featuring up and coming bassist Esperanza Spalding. Lovano has over 25 recordings as a leader. He has 14 Grammy nominations and one Grammy Award for his “52nd Street Themes” recording in 1997.

We’ll hear the powerful saxophone of Joe Lovano all this week on All Night Jazz.