About Carl Cornwell

With a 40 year career that's included stints with Roy Haynes and Pharoah Sanders - not to mention co-founding Amnesia Express with Gil Scott-Heron - I am a veteran saxophonist still performing high-energy post-bop contemporary jazz with blues and latin influences.

Known in the 90s for my compositions and performances with progressive jazz ensemble UNIT CIRCLE, I was the featured saxophonist with the Washington DC-based Project Natale from 2002 through 2019 and am now touring my own quartet at festivals and clubs around the mid-Atlantic corridor and beyond.

In addition to my small ensemble work, I have appeared as lead alto-saxophonist with the Bay Side Big Band and the Eubie Blake Jazz Institute Orchestra (Baltimore, MD) and earned grants for both piano performance and jazz composition from the Maryland State Arts Council's Individual Artists Program.