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Don Menza at a concert in Germany, 2010
April 22, 1936 |
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
|Genres||Jazz, big band, fusion|
|Labels||Sackville, Palo Alto|
|Associated acts||Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich|
Menza was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, where he began playing tenor saxophone when he was 13. He studied with musician John Sedola.
After serving in the U.S. Army, he was part of the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra from 1960–62 and then briefly worked for Stan Kenton. From 1964–68 he lived in Germany. In the U.S., he became a member of the Buddy Rich band in 1968 and recorded a well-known solo with that band at a live performance in Las Vegas. He lived in California and played with Elvin Jones and Louie Bellson.
- 1966 Morning Song (MPS)
- 1977 First Flight (P-Vine)
- 1977 Bones Blues (Sackville)
- 1979 Horn of Plenty
- 1981 Burnin' (RealTime)
- 1981 Hip Pocket (Palo Alto)
- 1991 Live at Claudio's (Sackville)
- 1992 Series 20 Exitos: La Tariacuri (BMG)
- 2005 Menza Lines (Jazzed Media)
- 2006 Voyage (SWR/Hänssler Classic)
With Maynard Ferguson
- Si! Si! M.F. (Roulette, 1962)
- Maynard '63 (Roulette, 1962)
- Message from Maynard (Roulette, 1962)
- Maynard '64 (Roulette 1959-62 )