16 Septembre 1968 (âge 50)
St. Louis, Missouri, États-Unis
Cheek was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, where his father was the director of a Junior high school band. Cheek began learning to play the alto saxophone at age eleven, and upon graduation from high school, he attended Webster University. He studied at the Berklee College of Music under Joe Viola, Hal Crook, and Herb Pomeroy, and earned his bachelor's degree. He moved to New York City in 1992, where he played with Paul Motian in the Electric Bebop Band, and co-founded Bloomdaddies with Seamus Blake.He also played with Guillermo Klein, Mika Pohjola, Luciana Souza, David Berkman, and Jen Chapin.
His debut release as a leader, I Wish I Knew, appeared in 1997 and featured Kurt Rosenwinkel, and by 2010, three more solo albums with Cheek as bandleader on the Fresh Sound label followed; A Girl Named Joe (1997), Vine (1999), and Blues Cruise, in 2005. In 2016 Cheek released his fifth CD Saturday Songs on the Sunnyside Records label. Cheek has appeared on more than one hundred albums as a session musician.
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