DON MENZA

Hard Bop / Big Band • United States
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Don Menza is a powerful tenor saxophonist who, although able to effectively imitate most of the top stylists (from Coleman Hawkins to John Coltrane), has a distinctive sound of his own. Menza started playing tenor when he was 13. After getting out of the Army, he was with Maynard Ferguson's Orchestra (1960-1962) as both a soloist and an arranger. A short stint with Stan Kenton and a year leading a quintet in Buffalo preceded a period living in Germany (1964-1968). After returning to the U.S., he was with Buddy Rich's big band in 1968, recording a famous solo on "Channel One Suite" that utilized circular breathing and was quite classic. He settled in California and has worked with Elvin Jones (1969), Louie Bellson, as an educator, and in the studios. Don Menza, who has made far too few records, recorded as a leader for Saba (1965) in Germany, Discwasher (1979), read more...
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DON MENZA Morning Song album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Morning Song
Hard Bop 1966
DON MENZA First Flight album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
First Flight
Hard Bop 1977
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Horn of Plenty
Hard Bop 1979
DON MENZA Burnin' album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Burnin'
Big Band 1981
DON MENZA Don Menza & Frank Strazzeri ‎: Ballads album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Don Menza & Frank Strazzeri ‎: Ballads
Hard Bop 1987
DON MENZA Don Menza & The Corsaro Trio : Dream Suite album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Don Menza & The Corsaro Trio : Dream Suite
Hard Bop 2002
DON MENZA Still, My Heart Sings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Still, My Heart Sings
Hard Bop 2003
DON MENZA Jack Rabbitt album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jack Rabbitt
Hard Bop 2004
DON MENZA Voyage album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Voyage
Big Band 2006
DON MENZA Forget The Woman album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Forget The Woman
Hard Bop 2011
DON MENZA The Rose album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Rose
Hard Bop 2019

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DON MENZA Hip Pocket album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hip Pocket
Hard Bop 1982
DON MENZA Live at Claudio's album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Claudio's
Hard Bop 1991
DON MENZA Bilein album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bilein
Hard Bop 1998
DON MENZA The Don Menza Quartet : Live at Capozzoli's album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Don Menza Quartet : Live at Capozzoli's
Hard Bop 2002
DON MENZA Menza Lines album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Menza Lines
Big Band 2005
DON MENZA Very Live At Groovy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Very Live At Groovy
Hard Bop 2008
DON MENZA Menza-Chicco-Reiter ‎: Non Dimenticar album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Menza-Chicco-Reiter ‎: Non Dimenticar
Hard Bop 2014

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DON MENZA Don Menza Sextet Live at Carmelo's Jazz Club album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Don Menza Sextet Live at Carmelo's Jazz Club
Hard Bop 2015
DON MENZA First Flight - Complete Recordings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
First Flight - Complete Recordings
Hard Bop 2016
DON MENZA Horn of Plenty album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Horn of Plenty
Hard Bop 2016

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