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Benjamin Drazen

Born: July 28, 1972    Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Benjamin Drazen

Benjamin Drazen is a native New Yorker, and grew up in Roslyn, NY. He got his frist great jazz saxophone education from the late great Dave Burns. (Dave was a master trumpeter with the Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington Orchestras as well as leading his own groups) A graduate of the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music, Mr. Drazen studied with such legends as Jimmy Jiuffre, George Garzone, John McNeil, and Celil McBee. He also studied with the great Dave Liebman just before returning to NYC. From these influences Benjamin has crafted his own jazz style coming out of the traditions of Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane....
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”With Inner Flights, Benjamin Drazen has created a complete and lasting work of meaning that's an early contender for best debut album of 2011.” - Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

“From the opening moments of Inner Flights, his debut release as a leader, the fiery alto and soprano saxophonist swings unrepentantly with blistering lines and a bold, Jackie McLean- inspired sounds.” -John Barron, JazzReview.com

“It is easy to make comparisons to other great soprano saxophonists such as Dave Liebman.” -Skip Spratt, Saxshed.com

Positones release of Benjamin Drazens "Inner Flights" 3/2011 Brooke Sofferman's "Symposium"(2010), Chris Massey's "Vibrainium"(2010), Marvin Bugalu Smith Quintet(2009), Peter Fish Group Live at the 55 Bar(2009), Laurent Medelgi's "Diverses"(2008) and Marlon D's "Love is the key".(2004)

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Primary Instrument:
Saxophone

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Credentials/Background:
I have been teaching for 20 years. I teach everything from Classical reading, to jazz improv, to composition.

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Inner Flights
Posi-Tone Records (2011)

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