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Don Menza

Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Born: April 22, 1936    

Don Menza

Don Menza is a powerful tenor saxophonist who, although able to effectively imitate most of the top stylists (from Coleman Hawkins to John Coltrane), has a distinctive sound of his own. Menza started playing tenor when he was 13. After getting out of the Army, he was with Maynard Ferguson's Orchestra (1960-1962) as both a soloist and an arranger.

A short stint with Stan Kenton and a year leading a quintet in Buffalo preceded a period living in Germany (1964-1968). After returning to the U.S., he was with Buddy Rich's big band in 1968, recording a famous solo on “Channel One Suite” that utilized circular breathing and was quite classic....
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  • Menza Lines

    Jazzed Media
    2005
  • Hip Pocket

    Nonesuch
    1982
  • Horn Of Plenty

    Nonesuch
    1979
  • First Flight

    Nonesuch
    1977
  • Morning Song

    Nonesuch
    0

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