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!!!!!
The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
Grady Tate began his jazz career as a much-celebrated drummer, backing such icons as Wes Montgomery, Ella Fitzgerald, and Quincy Jones. Tate has since traded in his skins for a microphone at center stage, where he delivers smooth and soulful baritone vocals. With pianist John di Martino, Tate sings "Everybody Loves My Baby" and "Where Do You Start."
He was a soulful reedman, an amazing talent scout for decades and a bandleader of one of the country's most popular acts. Born in 1913, Herman led "Thundering Herds" that were both big draws and well-respected by the likes of Igor Stravinsky. Here are five recordings which still sound fresh today.
Hear passionate improvisation across borders on Colombian harp, Argentinian bandoneón, Venezuelan cuatro and vibes from the U.S. In a set with Castañeda, his trio and special guests perform at the Americas Society in New York.
Ever since he started becoming one of the best alto saxophone players in the world, Zenón has drawn from his upbringing in Puerto Rico. But, like many Puerto Ricans, Zenón lives in New York — where his quartet of 10 years has finally been invited to play the Vanguard. It presents new music in concert.