Born: September 25, 1964 Primary Instrument: Saxophone
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. They swing hard, even at midtempo, as though all of them were percussionists, which infectiously pulls the listener into their complex conversations. Dave McElfresh, Jazz Now
If you like your jazz virile, vital and post-bop, remember his name. To the names of Milwaukee's rising national jazz stars - including David Hazeltine, Brian Lynch, Carl Allen and Arriale - add Dennis Mitcheltree. Mike Drew, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Mitcheltree is a strong player and equally talented composer. Michael J. Renner, St. Louis Post- Dispatch
...an awesome recording that every jazz enthusiast should become familiar with. This should be on your must get list; I have become a fan with the first listening - you will too. Michael L. Bolden, Brooklyn Advocate
...he possesses a very tuneful melodic voice. Mitcheltree's tone is quite lovely...He's a solid player, all the way around. Chris Kelsey, Cadence
He strolls with an elegant sound through the history of jazz in the classic saxophone trio format, and on a few tracks in a quartet setting with piano. Along with his reverence for the jazz masters he has an enthusiastically fresh approach to his music. Volker Marquardt, German daily newspaper, TAZ Hamburg
He's a player whose appeal resides in his effortless textural patterns and unbroken tone... The Jazz Report
...an exquisitely new sound... Leo Tignini, Brooklyn Advocate
...talent like this will rejuvenate jazz for another generation. Chico Jazz Radio
The music is beautiful. Shlomo Israeli, Israel Broadcasting
...the spirit of the new jazz tradition. New York Post
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Santa Monica, CA
25 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 email@example.com 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.
Clinics offered include Performance and in-depth analysis of the music of: Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw, Thelonious Monk, Tadd Dameron, Bud Powell, John Coltrane, Miles Davis And clinics regarding improvisation, composition, teaching, music business and the life of a jazz musician that may feature DENNIS MITCHELTREE, solo DENNIS MITCHEL3 & DENNIS MITCHELTREE QUARTET, Jazz Trio or Quartet, original music and jazz standards MITCHELTREE/WALLMANN DUO, Saxophone & Piano Duo, original music and jazz standards DENNIS MITCHELTREE DECTET, Jazz Sextet with String Quartet, original music