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Where are you located?
Houston, TX
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist
Tell us a little about your background...
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.
How did you hear about the Jazz Network? Please give full name of contact
Vimeo.com -- A user here linked to my video there
What Instrument do you play?
Saxophone
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http://larryslezak.com

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Jazz saxophonist Larry Slezak plays Duke Ellington from Larry Slezak on Vimeo.

Larry Slezak jams to “Just Squeeze Me” by Duke Ellington at Ovations Night Club on June 12.

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At 11:05pm on September 12, 2009, loki said…
HI LARRY HOPE ALL'S WELL, WONDERFUL TUNES

LOKI ;)
At 1:57am on August 9, 2009, Mike Johnson said…
Larry...Awesome sound ansd congratulations on competing your project!!! I just recently completed my CD "Mike's Place". Check me out when you have time!!!!
At 12:51pm on August 8, 2009, Shanna Carlson said…
Hi Larry:
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...
Shanna
At 1:45pm on August 6, 2009, Sammy Epstein said…
Hi Larry,
Will listen to your album in the near future...first clips sound terrific! I see a picture of you posted...Balanced Action? Super Balanced Action?


Best,
Sammy
At 1:26pm on August 6, 2009, Art Osborne aka Mr. Bandman said…
Larry: Larry: Are you gigging in Dallas? Right now I'm teaching with Dallas ISD but I have a steady gig playing on the weekends.
Have we ever met?
At 10:17am on August 6, 2009, Big Kenn said…
Hi Larry
I just got off your web site. I listened to the songs you have there and . congratulations you just made a new fan. Keep up the good work and lay the NY/NJ area sometime.
At 3:42am on August 6, 2009, RICK HARRIS said…
Hey Larry, checked out your album...sounds terriffic!...I used to play in a band out of Houston (Grady Gaines & The Texas Upsetters). You may have heard of them....anyway,keep up the good work!
At 8:36pm on August 5, 2009, Roger Boykin said…
Hello, Larry,
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.
At 7:57pm on August 5, 2009, Troy Nicar said…
Album sounds great..good work!
At 5:51pm on August 5, 2009, gracie said…
bonsoir, larry.....
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!!!!!
 
 
 

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