Jazz Saxophonist & Composer


Wayne has been fortunate enough to study with some of the greatest jazz musicians in the world. Some of them include Jackie McLean, Ron Carter, George Coleman, Clark Terry, and Barry Harris. He also has first hand experience playing with world class jazz musicians such as Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb, Ben Riley, Tom Harrell and many others. While presently a working part of the New York City Jazz scene, Wayne has experience introducing music to all ages and has learned the history of American Music from many of the innovators of the last five decades.

Wayne currently offers private saxophone lessons from his in home studio and is also available to teach Jazz ensemble classes, theory classes, Jazz improvisation classes, Humanities/Music History Courses and many other music related courses.
A Practical Method of Playing Changes
Get Wayne's Method book on Kindle.

"A Practical Method of Playing Changes"

"A Practical Method of Playing Changes" is a method book meant as a clear and practical guide for improvising over common chords and chord progressions, and for developing fluency in all the keys. Many of the tools discussed in this book were taught to Wayne first hand by master improvisors such as Barry Harris, George Coleman and Jackie Mclean. The book also includes some devices that Wayne has come up with over the years to facilitate comfort in playing through chord changes.

Hard Copy: (temporarily out of stock)

The HARD COPY ONLY includes a transcription for all instruments of one chorus of a Sonny Stitt solo on the standard "There Will Never be Another You" PLEASE NOTE: 1. An additional $5 (at least) is required for international shipping. 2. There is NO rush delivery service available. 3. Depending on the date of purchase, there may be a delay in shipping due to Wayne's tour schedule. If this is the case, you will be notified as to when your order will be shipped to you. Thank you in advance for your patience.

Hard Copy $15
(US Shipping)
Hard Copy $30
(International Shipping)
ePub File Info (for iPad, Nook and other ereaders)

(PLEASE NOTE: This format DOES NOT INCLUDE the Sonny Stitt solo transcription.)

ePub file $10


Bachelor of Music, The Hartt School
Master of Music, The New England Conservatory
Diploma of Completion, The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance


Faculty at The New York Jazz Academy
Private Instruction and Workshops
Faculty, Community Music School Private saxophone and flute instruction (all ages) Teaching Ensembles
August 2009
Faculty, Litchfield Jazz Festival Summer School Private saxophone instruction (all ages) Teaching classes in jazz improvisation, theory ,and history.
July 2001
Faculty, Litchfield Jazz Festival Summer School Private saxophone instruction (all ages) Teaching classes in jazz improvisation, theory ,and history.
Adjunct Faculty, The Hartt School Private saxophone instruction at the college level. Assistant to Prof. Jackie McLean during saxophone masterclasses.
Private Instructor, City College Private saxophone instruction at the College level.
Private Instructor, Bromley Studios Private saxophone and beginner flute instruction. Ages 11-45
Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Ambassador; The Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Ambassadors went to different schools in and out of the country to give master classes on Jazz/American Music History and Jazz Improvisation. This included trips to New Hampshire, Washington D.C., South America and Jamaica.
Instructor, The Artist's Collective Private saxophone instructor, theory teacher and history teacher. Ages 10 35. Taught proficiency on the saxophone, Jazz improvisation, basic Jazz History, and all levels of theory.

Master Classes & Workshops

  • The Fundamentals of Technique
  • The Fundamentals of the Jazz Language
  • What to Practice & How to practice it
  • Finding Your Own Sound
  • Versatility & Malleability as a Side-man
  • Making a Living in the NYC Music Scene

  • For Bookings:

    Wayne Escoffery and Carolyn Leonhart
    "A Life In Music" Saxophone/Vocal Clinic

    Carolyn Leonhart and Wayne Escoffery's already has an impressive resume ranging from leading their own groups; recording jingles for television and radio, and side-man work in a variety of styles. Whether playing Swing, Be-bop, Contemporary Jazz, Pop, Rock, R&B, or Hip-Hop they bring professionalism, integrity, and musicality to the New York City music scene and the rest of the world.

    'A Life In Music' program presents students with the tools they need to become professional musicians and remain an integral part of an ever-changing industry by providing a forum of exchange between students and young accomplished professional artists.

    For Bookings:

    Bookings contact Aaron Gottlieb 219-395-4444 | Contact | Website by Ben Azzara © 2010-2013 | Photography by Eric LaCour (top) & Ingrid Hertfelder (sax)