In the past few years, we have seen a new wave of next-generation jazz musicians beginning to make their mark in the Greater Buffalo region. While at the same time, leaning in to engage with mentors and former teachers for creative projects. One creative project, inspired by the endeavors of Jon Lehning, is that of Saxophone Colossus.
The project brings together three jazz mentors and four aspiring jazz musicians who have made their music and presence already felt for a few years. The Saxophone Colossus project brings together Jon Lehning, saxophone, Adam Bronstein, guitar, Harry Graser, guitar, and Anthony Henry, bass with drummer Joe Goretti, as well as, two of our most respected saxophonists in the region, Dave Schiavone and Harry Fackleman.
The septet recently got together for a recording session at GCR Audio with the studio’s sound engineer, Fred Betschen. The result is a new CD entitled Saxophone Colossus. Lehning describes the CD:
… the CD covers a wide range of jazz, past and present interpreted through the lens of the ‘saxophone battle’. We included staples from the jazz songbook, inventive re-imaginings, and original tunes also. The recording draws from a wide range of musical material we considered…
A CD release concert and party were planned for Friday, March 27. With the current public health crisis, the event is postponed with hopes for a date later in the year. The CD is scheduled to be released on online streaming services, such as Spotify and Apple Music, at the end of March or early April.
Here are a couple of samples for you:
You can order the CD directly from CD Baby here:
Another example of what makes Greater Buffalo one of the best in the country when it comes to jazz!