The music of Teodross Avery, jazz saxophonist and assistant professor of jazz studies and contemporary music at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), has been included among many of the genre’s most celebrated musicians in jazz critic Scott Yanow’s compilation of “The Top Jazz Recordings of 2019.”
Yanow, who grew up in Los Angeles, is considered one of the music industry’s most respected writers. His work includes 11 books, more than 850 liner notes, and close to 22,000 album reviews.
Yanow shared his pick for last year’s top 25 jazz recordings in the Jazz Around Town section of lajazzscene.buzz. He chose Avery’s rendition of John Coltrane’s classic “After the Rain,” the title track of his 2019 album “After the Rain: A Night for Coltrane,” which celebrates the music of the legendary jazz icon.
Avery has been teaching music at CSUDH since the fall of 2017. His music career includes performances and collaborations with such internationally renowned performers as Aretha Franklin, Betty Carter, Lauryn Hill, and Amy Winehouse.
“Mr. Yanow is someone who has been on the pulse of jazz music internationally,” said Avery. “Being included on this list is a privilege.”