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Emilio Modeste


Born in Virginia, New York-based tenor saxophonist Emilio Modeste started very early on the violin, moving to the piano and drums briefly, until he picked up the saxophone at the age of eight and never looked back. He has since shared the bandstand with world-renowned musicians including Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb, Buster Williams, Stanley Clarke, Patrice Rushen, Lenny White, Gary Bartz, Steve Turre, Christian McBride, Rene McLean, Antoine Roney, Donald Harrison, and many others. Modeste has performed with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on tour throughout the United States. A close friend and mentee of trumpeter Wallace Roney, Modeste traveled the world with Roney’s quintet from 2017 to his passing in March 2020. Modeste can be found performing in New York City at Matthew Garrison’s Shapeshifter Lab, the Jazz Standard, Ginny’s Supperclub, Minton’s, the Village Vanguard, Smalls, Fat Cat, Zinc Bar, The Blue Note, the Bronx Beer Hall, among many other venues. He performs occasionally on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s house band: Jon Batiste and Stay Human. Modeste appears on Wallace Roney’s final studio album Blue Dawn-Blue Nights (2019) and Music From and Inspired by The Film Birth Of The Cool (2020). Modeste plays a Selmer Tenor Saxophone.