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