Dallas/Fort Worth based saxophonist and composer Garrett Wingfield’s musical journeys weave through a magnitude of different genres, aesthetics, and performance mediums. He has both recorded with and written large jazz ensemble arrangements for many well renowned soloists, such as Andy Martin, Arturo Sandoval, Greg Gisbert, and Chuck Findley. Recently he contributed an arrangement to a recording project for His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King of Thailand. His original composition, “Anthropoidea,” won a Downbeat Student Music Award for best Graduate Jazz Composition.
Fulfilling his interest in the intersection of playing and writing, Wingfield leads, plays with, and composes for multiple ensembles that perform often around the United States. His avant-garde jazz octet, The Octopod, performs compositions and arrangements that feature highly orchestrated sections integrated with free improvisation. His Los Angeles based and co-led quartet, Off Cell, explores the more punk-minded side of jazz while still playing interesting compositions that unfold in unexpected ways. Wingfield and his working jazz quartet regularly play both original music, jazz standards, and the repertoire of great jazz composers such as Wayne Shorter, Ornette Coleman, and Thelonious Monk.
As a composer, Garrett’s interests extend well beyond the world of jazz into mediums such as saxophone quartet, chamber ensembles, orchestra, and electronics. He has had pieces commissioned and performed at both regional and national North American Saxophone Alliance conferences. Recent compositions incorporate electronics with improvising instrumentalists in order to cultivate new ways of thinking about interaction and hierarchies.
Garrett received a Bachelor’s degree in music composition from Texas Christian University and a Master’s degree in jazz composition at the University of North Texas. At UNT he conducted the Four O’ Clock Lab Band and was a teaching fellow in the jazz arranging department. He studied composition with Blaise Ferrandino and Richard DeRosa.