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Dennis Mitcheltree

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.”

The tenor saxophonist and composer was born and raised in Milwaukee. Starting on oboe at the age of 12 and picking up the baritone sax for his school jazz band, Mitcheltree was interested in music from the outset. By the time he was in high school he concentrated exclusively on the tenor saxophone and discovering the rich history of jazz through recordings.

“The first jazz recording I owned was Miles Davis' Kind of Blue. I'll never forget the chills that travelled down my spine the first time I heard Coltrane play on that album. Like most teenagers, I was looking for something in life that made sense to me and I had this wonderful connection with Trane's sound and attitude.”

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”Mitcheltree's tenor is soulful, swinging, and street smart.” Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide

“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

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone

Credentials/Background

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 dengor@pipeline.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.

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Discography

Tenor Of The Times...jazz & political discourse 2004

Tenor Of The...

dennismitcheltree.com
2019

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Tenor Of The Times

Tenor Of The Times

dennismitcheltree.com
2006

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Brooklyn

Dengor Music
1997

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Union

Union

Self Produced
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Go Cheney Yourself!

Go Cheney Yourself!

Dennis Mitcheltree
Tenor Of The Times...jazz &...

Mosinee Mayhem

Mosinee Mayhem

Dennis Mitcheltree
Union

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