Kenny Garrett has quite the resumé.

From his beginnings with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and Miles Davis up until today, the Grammy Award winner and five-time nominee has been pushing boundaries throughout a career spanning more than 30 years. In that time, he has lent his gifts to folks like Art Blakey, Chick Corea, Marcus Miller, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw and Herbie Hancock. He’s since had a lucrative solo career; his most recent album was 2016’s Do Your Dance!

Garrett joined JAZZ.FM91 over the phone from his home in New Jersey to chat about his ever-evolving approach to making music and how his youth shaped him into the preeminent alto saxophonist of his generation.