|Born||August 3, 1960|
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
|Genres||Free jazz, free funk, M-Base|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, record label owner|
|Labels||JMT, Blue Note, Inner Circle Music|
Greg Osby (born August 3, 1960) is an American saxophonist and composer.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Osby studied at Howard University, then at the Berklee College of Music. He moved to New York City in 1982, where he played with Jaki Byard, Jim Hall, Muhal Richard Abrams, Andrew Hill, Jack DeJohnette, Dizzy Gillespie, and Herbie Hancock. In 1985, he joined DeJohnette's group Special Edition. With Geri Allen, Steve Coleman, Gary Thomas, and Cassandra Wilson, he was a founding member of the M-Base Collective.
Osby began recording albums under his own name for JMT Records in the mid-1980s, then signed with Blue Note in 1989. In 2007, he formed his own label, Inner Circle Music. 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 received the Playboy Magazine Jazz Artist of the Year award for 2004 and 2009.
Nate Chinen, writing for The New York Times, called Osby "a mentor and a pacesetter, one of the sturdier bridges between jazz generations," and stated that he has "a keen, focused tone on alto saxophone and a hummingbird's phrasing, an equilibrium of hover and flutter."
|Recording date||Title||Label||Year released||Notes|
|Greg Osby and Sound Theatre||JMT||1987|
|1989-07||Season of Renewal||JMT||1989|
|Man-Talk for Moderns Vol. X||Blue Note||1991|
|1993?||3-D Lifestyles||Blue Note||1993|
|1995?||Black Book||Blue Note||1995|
|1996?||Art Forum||Blue Note||1996|
|1997?||Further Ado||Blue Note||1997|
|1997-12||Banned in New York||Blue Note||1998||Live|
|1998-12||Friendly Fire||Blue Note||1999||with Joe Lovano, Jason Moran, Cameron Brown, Idriss Muhammad|
|1999-04||Inner Circle||Blue Note||2002||with Stefon Harris, Jason Moran, Tarus Mateen, Eric Harland|
|1999-05||New Directions||Blue Note||2000||with Stefon Harris, Jason Moran, Mark Shim|
|1999-09||The Invisible Hand||Blue Note||2000||with Gary Thomas, Andrew Hill, Jim Hall, Scott Colley, Terri Lyne Carrington|
|2001-01||Symbols of Light (A Solution)||Blue Note||2001||with Jason Moran, Scott Colley, Marlon Browden, Nioka Workman, Judith Insell, Marlene Rice, Christian Howes|
|2003-01||St. Louis Shoes||Blue Note||2003|
|2005-02||Channel Three||Blue Note||2005||with Jeff "Tain" Watts, Matt Brewer|
|2008-08||9 Levels||Inner Circle Music||2008|
|2023-10||Minimalism||Inner Circle Music||2023||with Tal Cohen, João Barradas, Nimrod Speaks, Adam Arruda, Viktorija Pilatovic, Alessandra Diodati|
With Franco Ambrosetti
With Uri Caine
With Gary Thomas
With Andrew Hill
- Feather, Leonard; Gitler, Ira (1999). "Osby, Greg". The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 508.
- "Greg Osby: Biography". All About Jazz. Retrieved February 22, 2022.
- Ankeny, Jason. "Greg Osby". AllMusic. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
- Chinen, Nate (2019). Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century. Vintage Books. pp. 106–108.
- Lyles, Ronald (April 6, 2011). "Greg Osby Discography". JazzDiscography.com. Retrieved February 28, 2022.
- Varga, George (October 24, 2014). "Sax Great Greg Osby Transcends the Dead". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved February 28, 2022.
- Fripp, Matt (January 21, 2022). "Interview with American Saxophone Great Greg Osby". JazzFuel. Retrieved February 28, 2022.
- Chinen, Nate (August 4, 2010). "Bridging Jazz Generations Without Nostalgia". New York Times. Retrieved February 28, 2022.
- Greg Osby – official site