Jerome Sabbagh, tenor saxophone
Joe Martin, bass
Allan Mednard, drums
“Mr. Sabbagh avoided direct allusions to the saxophone totems. What he is working toward, simply and effectively, is a sincerely personal vocabulary."
- New York Times
Saxophonist and composer Jerome Sabbagh was born in Paris in 1973 and has been living in New York since 1995. A prolific forward-thinking composer, as well as a musician with a deep connection to the well of the jazz tradition, he has been leading a few bands over the last few years, including a long time quartet with Ben Monder, Joe Martin and Ted Poor.
Jerome Sabbagh was one of Paul Motian's last saxophone players. After one gig together, the legendary drummer asked him to play for a week at the Village Vanguard, in his "New Trio" with Ben Monder, in September 2011.
Jerome Sabbagh has played in some of the world's most famous festivals, including Newport, San Francisco, Paris, Tokyo and Medellin. In 2011, 2017 and 2018, DownBeat selected him as a rising star. He was one of the only European on the list.
He has played trio regularly since recording “One Two Three” with Ben Street and Rodney Green in 2008.