Joseph Salvatore Lovano, 29 December 1952, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Lovano grew up to the sounds of jazz, thanks to a father who played tenor saxophone professionally and also owned a large record collection. In 1971, he went to the Berklee College Of Music, where he studied with Gary Burton and first met with future collaborators Bill Frisell and John Scofield. Returning to Ohio in the mid-70s, he played tenor saxophone with Lonnie Liston Smith, making his recording debut with him on 1974s Aphrodisiac For A Groove Merchant, and later toured with another organist, Brother Jack McDuff.
Lovano moved to New York in 1976 and, after work with Albert Dailey and Chet Baker, played with the Woody Herman band until 1979. The following year he joined the Mel Lewis big band with which he still works on occasion and a little later met up with drummer Paul Motian, in whose groups he played and recorded in the 90s, renewing his acquaintance with...
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