Greg Osby

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Greg Osby
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Osby performing in 2008
Background information
Born (1960-08-03) August 3, 1960 (age 60)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Genres Free jazz, free funk, M-Base
Occupation(s)Musician, record label owner
Years active1980–present
Labels JMT, Blue Note
Associated actsStata Institute, M-Base Collective

Greg Osby (born August 3, 1960) is an American saxophonist known for his very personal playing style and compositions.



Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Osby studied at Howard University, then at the Berklee College of Music. Osby's main instrument is alto saxophone but he occasionally plays soprano sax ophone as well. He played with Jack DeJohnette's group Special Edition from 1985-1991and has recorded with Jim Hall and Andrew Hill, among many others. With Geri Allen, Steve Coleman, Gary Thomas, and Cassandra Wilson, he was a founding member of the M-Base Collective. [1]

He began recording albums under his own name for JMT Records in the 1980s, then recorded for Blue Note in the 1990s. In the 2000s, he formed his own label, Inner Circle Music. [1] He gave exposure to young pianist Jason Moran, who appeared on most of Osby's 1990s albums, including Further Ado, Zero, Banned in New York and Symbols of Light, a double quartet featuring the addition of a string quartet to the band.

He has also played with Phil Lesh and Friends, and he has toured with the Dead, a reincarnation of the Grateful Dead. He was named Jazz Artist of Year in the March 2009 issue of Playboy magazine. [2]


As leader

Greg Osby and Sound Theatre May–June 1987 (*)1987 JMT
MindgamesMay 19881988JMT
Season of Renewal July 19891989JMT
Man-Talk for Moderns Vol. XOctober–November 19901991 Blue Note
3-D Lifestyles1993Blue Note
Black Book1995Blue Note
Art Forum1996Blue Note
Further Ado1997Blue Note
ZeroJanuary 19981998Blue Note
Banned in New York 1998Blue NoteLive
Friendly Fire December 19981999Blue Notewith Joe Lovano
New DirectionsMay 19992000Blue Notewith Stefon Harris, Jason Moran, Mark Shim
The Invisible HandSeptember 19992000Blue NoteWith Gary Thomas, Andrew Hill, Jim Hall, Scott Colley, Terri Lyne Carrington
Symbols of Light (A Solution)January 20012001Blue Note
Inner CircleApril 19992002Blue Note
St. Louis ShoesJanuary 20032003Blue Note
PublicJanuary 20042004Blue NoteLive
Channel ThreeFebruary 20052005Blue Note
9 LevelsAugust 20082008Inner Circle Music

As sideman

With Franco Ambrosetti

With Cecil Brooks III

With Uri Caine

With Steve Coleman

With Robin Eubanks

With Gary Thomas

With Andrew Hill

With Jason Moran

With Tineke Postma

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