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For more than thirty years, Grammy Award–winning saxophonist, arranger, composer, and bandleader Garrett has garnered critical recognition for his versatility in jazz, blues, and R&B contexts. The Detroit native began his career performing with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and the Mel Lewis Orchestra. In the early 1980s, Garrett began working with Miles Davis, becoming a member of Davis’s working group—a collaboration that lasted for five years.
With more than twenty recordings as a leader as well as appearing on more than 230 as a sideman, Garrett has performed and recorded with a multitude of musical icons, including Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Q-Tip. Garrett maintains a prolific touring and recording schedule with his own band as well as the world’s most acclaimed jazz legends. In 2008–2009, Garrett joined Chick Corea and John McLaughlin’s supergroup, Five Peace Band, featuring label mate Christian McBride and Vinnie Colaiuta (and later, Brian Blade). The group’s eponymous album won a Grammy Award in 2010. Additionally, Garrett was a featured member of Corea’s Freedom Band, which included Christian McBride and Roy Haynes.
In 2011, Garrett presented the commencement address at Berklee College of Music and was awarded an honorary doctorate of music by that prestigious institution.
At 52, he has become a torchbearer for [the post-Coltrane] style, and an encouraging bandleader besides.
—New York Times
Garrett’s alto is as reflective as morning dew.