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About Teodross Avery

A gifted tenor saxophonist, Teodross Avery is soulful performer whose sound combines his love of post-bop jazz, R&B, and hip-hop. A native of Oakland, CA, Avery grew up in a music loving family with parents who exposed him to an eclectic mix of sounds including jazz, African music, R&B, funk, and rock. Initally, he started out studing classical guitar at age ten, and switched to the saxophone at age thirteen. Influenced early on by John Coltrane, Avery progressed quickly and by age seventeen had won a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. While there, he studied with Joe Henderson, and was soon leading his own groups. He caught the attention of GRP/Impulse Records executive Carl Griffin who signed him.

In 1994, just shy of his 21st birthday, he made his recording debut as a leader with In Other Words. After graduating Berklee, Avery stayed active, working with a bevy of luminaries including Betty Carter, and Ramsey Lewis. In 1996, he returned with the stylistically expansive My Generation. That same year, he joined fellow young-lions BlackNOte on Nothin' But the Swing. Sessions with Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Donald Harrison, followed. In 2001, he released his third album, the soulful New Day Groove.

Over they years, he has expanded his creative reach, contributing to film and television soundtracks, and working with a bevy of performers including Lauryn Hill, Leela James, Mos Def, Amy Winehouse, and others. In 2008, he showcased his stylistically varied sound on Diva's Choice, and Bridging the Gap: Hip-Hop Jazz. He also continued to make time for his academic career, earning his Masters Degree in Music from the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University, and receiving a Doctorate in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California in 2016. In 2017, he delivered his sixth-studio album, Post Modern Trap Music. ~ Matt Collar

Fairfield, CA
Jul 2, 1973

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