American jazz saxophonist Greg Osby (St. Louis, 1960) is known for his free jazz, free funk and M-Base idioms, a term representing new sounds and ideas about creative expression used by such names as Steve Coleman and Cassandra Wilson. Osby studied at Howard University and Berklee College of Music. He played on Jack DeJohnette’s 1980 masterpiece Special Edition. In the same decade Osby started a solo career. His most celebrated phase is a string of albums recorded for Blue Note Records. Osby is highly interested in young talents and he gives them a chance to develop themselves in his own bands. He also took part in the Miles Davis hommage group Yo Miles with Henry Kaiser and Wadada Leo Smith receiving critical acclaim for his contribution by The Village Voice. Osby was named Playboy Magazine’s Jazz Artist Of The Year in 2009.
Photo taken on July 12, 2014 at North Sea Jazz Festival
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