Born: 1946 Primary Instrument: Saxophone
Saxophonist Larry Slezak was born in Manhattan in 1946. He gravitated to the saxophone after hearing Bill Doggett's hit recording of Honky Tonk. Growing up in New York afforded him the opportunity, while still in his teens, to hear all the great musicians live: from Armstrong to Ellington and Basie. He was drawn to the music and was working professionally by the time he was 14....
There’s a big difference between being an artist and an entertainer. I don’t have any problems making the distinction that what Larry Slezak does definitely falls into the artistic category. --George Carroll of CabaretExchange.com
There are many words to describe saxophonist Larry Slezak’s debut, and two that apply are: delightful and memorable. Now that Slezak has decided to emerge from playing in a local arena to sharing his music on a national stage, making his next musical project better than this impressive beginning will truly be a challenge. -- Edward Blanco of All About Jazz
Tracks: Floatin'; Chico and the Man; No Worries; How About You?; You've Changed; Distant Harmony; Girl Talk; Wee Small Hours; Maybe By Tomorrow; Cry Me a River; Secret Love; Young and Foolish
Personnel: Larry Slezak: saxaphone. Clayton Dyess: guitar. Thomas Helton: bass. Sheri Lavo: vocals. Jose Miguel-Yamal: Hammond B3 organ. Joe Slezak: drums.
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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Larry Slezak is an instructor at Rice University in Houston.