Wayne Escoffery: ‘The Humble Warrior’ (Smoke Sessions)

Among the many influences on saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, singing in the church choir from age 11 ranks high among them. It was during his time with the Trinity Boys Choir in New Haven, Connecticut, that he was exposed to the music of 20th-century Anglican Church composer Benjamin Britten, specifically his Missa Brevis in D., op.

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