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Jacob Yoffee

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With his thoughtful, passionate improvisations and innovative approach to composition, saxophonist & composer Jacob Yoffee is a unique new voice on the tenor saxophone. A full and focused tone, a strong sense of harmony and angular lines make Yoffee at once identifiable. His playing and writing have been awarded and he has been described as “a polished and sophisticated performer”. Born into a military family in North Carolina, Jacob Yoffee moved often growing up and spent his high school years in Okinawa, Japan. He began studying piano at eight and saxophone at thirteen, although he didn’t begin studying improvised music until he came to the Peabody Conservatory in 1997. At the conservatory, he majored in Classical Composition and Jazz Performance studying with Morris Moshe Cotel, Christopher Theofanidis and the saxophone legend Gary Thomas. Jacob has had the opportunity to work professionally with Sean Jones, Poogie Bell, Roger Humphries, Dwayne Dolphin, Ingrid Jensen, Paul Bollenback, Mike Formanek and Darin Atwater & the Soulful Symphony. Currently Jacob leads several of his own groups including his quartet, M.A.J.I. (Murray Avenue Jazz Initiative) a scaled down big band and Metaphor, a four-piece electric group.

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