Jazz 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.
Since relocating to Houston in 1973, Slezak has mastered the entire reed instrument family and has performed in the orchestras for Johnny Mathis, Liza Minnelli, Burt Bacharach, Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, and countless others. He also performs with the Houston Symphony and Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, and he teaches saxophone and applied jazz studies at Rice University, where he directs the Rice Jazz Ensembles.
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Had a chance to listen to your debut CD and I can understand why you're pleased...love the songs, your style and tone on the saxes.
I just finished a CD as well and will be getting it up on CD Baby and other places as well. This one is a long time coming, but I'm happy with the sounds...all original songs by two friends, lots of SF Bay Area musicians. I started playing piano/organ in church many years ago and then switched to other music over 30 yrs. ago...lots of solo piano/vocals, but also worked in a big band, a small dance band and have had my own quartet/quintet playing at festivals and concert halls. Have worked in Sweden several times, Norway, Switzerland...its great to travel doing what one loves!
I will actually be in Austin 8/17-19 visiting relatives...I know its crazy to be there in the heat, but there's always a/c...
Twas' good to hear from you. I invite you to visit my website, get my
address, and send me your CD. I host a radio show , "Just Jazz" on radio station KKDA-AM in Dallas. I'll play you on the show. Take care.
i am a jazz vocalist/guitarist/bassist/etc....lol.....i was born in houston, actually...haven't been back for awhile....i am getting ready to move to Austin in a couple of months...very excited about that...i like you style...maybe we will jam at some point... that would be awesome...
the bebop nation must stick together!!!!!
Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."
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