Born: September 25, 1964
After years of performing at small jazz clubs, saxophonist Dennis Mitcheltree is on the road to realizing the rewards for his years of work, study and persistence. With an abundance of recent concert and club appearances, combined with his 4th CD/DVD release as a leader and constant touring, Mitcheltree is in a position to do what he does best; play his music.
Things seem to have just taken off these last few years. I've played a few concerts and jazz festivals with Bob Moses, Jim McNeely, Howard Johnson, Gary Bartz, George Cables, Odean Pope, Kenny Werner, James Williams, Don Sickler, Charli Persip, Pete Yellin, Uri Caine and Ronnie Mathews. I've had the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall a few times. My quartet has been touring the U.S. and Europe and the music has never been better. I'm receiving some press attention. That kind of stuff is great for the soul after years of being discouraged by the lack of opportunities available to creative musicians....
Inside you'll find discipline, history, and a whole lot of heart.John Barrett, JazzUSA.com
...Mitcheltree's performance was a triumph... Chuck Berg, Topeka Capital- Journal
He is a master storyteller with the tenor sax... Jared Donze, Iowa City Icon
...the saxophonist is aggressively adventurous and most expressive...Mitcheltree evokes hearty tones from his instrument as he masterfully interweaves unexpected lines to create fascinating sound tapestries at any tempo. Nancy Ann Lee, Jazz Times
...one of the area's best young tenor players...His album Brooklyn (Dengor) is one of the better records of the last two years. Martin Johnson, Newsday(NYC)
Dennis Mitcheltree plays the tenor saxophone with steady self-assurance. Deni Kasrel, Jazz Times
Mitcheltree's quartet is definitely hard-core NYC: tough sounding, aggressive, and complex...
LocationSanta Monica, CA
Credentials/Background25 years as a teacher/clinician worldwide...Saxophone & woodwinds, any instrument for jazz improvisation/composition lessons, a New York City resident for 20 years, now based in the Los Angeles area. Video-call lessons also available via Skype. Available hours vary, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 213-373-4729 for latest info. $75/hour lesson, discounts for weekly lessons paid by the month in advance. Berklee College of Music Magna Cum Laude graduate, Professional Performance Major, 1987. Studied with Joe Viola, Joe Lovano, Billy Pierce, George Garzone, Ralph Lalama and Jim McNeely....