Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff

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Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff (born October 14, 1949, Northampton, Massachusetts, United States) is an American jazz and blues saxophonist, arranger, and record producer living in Austin, Texas.[1][2]

Kazanoff has been nominated for multiple awards in the category of Horn Instrumentals, including an Austin Music Award in 1988,[3] a Grammy Award for Delbert McClinton's Live from Austin in 1989,[4] numerous Blues Music Awards,[5][6][7] and a Blues Foundation Award in 2016.[8]

Living in Chicago in his early twenties, Kazanoff was influenced by and played with jazz and blues musicians Big Walter Horton, Little Walter, James Cotton, Magic Sam, Hound Dog Taylor, Muddy Waters and Otis Rush.[9]

He joined the house band of Austin blues venue Antones in 1982, where he has performed for 35 years.[10] Kazanoff continues to play with local Texas musicians including Jimmie Vaughan, Marcia Ball, WC Clark, Red Young, Miss Lavelle White, and Anson Funderburgh.

In 2016, Kazanoff produced and played tenor sax on R&B singer Ina Forsman's self-titled debut album.[11] Other productions include Australian blues artist Fiona Boyes' Lucky 13 in 2006,[12] WC Clark's Deep in the Heart in 2004,[13] and Pat Boyack's record Voices from the Street, also in 2004.[14]

In 1997, Kazanoff started a three-piece horn section, The Texas Horns, with Al Gomez and John Mills. In 2015, The Texas Horns released their first album, Blues Gotta Holda Me, on the Vizztone Label.[15] Described as "a horn-driven, blues-drenched celebration,"[16] the album includes WC Clark, Marcia Ball, Johnny Nicholas, Danny Levin, and Anson Funderburgh.[17] The Texas Horns have performed with American bands such as the Allman Brothers, and are featured at international festivals including The Ottawa Bluesfest, where they have been house band for over 15 years.[18] His current band, The Recuperators, includes guitarist Derek O'Brien and keyboard/vocalist Nick Connolly.


  1. ^ Govenar, Alan (2008). Texas blues : the rise of a contemporary sound. College Station: Texas A & M University Press. pp. 233–240. ISBN 978-1-58544-605-6. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  2. ^ Gatchet, Roger. "Talking the Blues: An Oral History of Blues Musicians in Austin, TX, with Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff". Baylor University Institute for Oral History. Baylor University. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Austin Music Awards 1988". The Austin Chronicle. The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  4. ^ Komara, ed.: Edward (2006). Encyclopedia of the blues. New York, NY [u.a.]: Routledge. p. 666. ISBN 0-415-92699-8. Retrieved 6 March 2017.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  5. ^ "2000 W.C. Handy Blues Award Nominations". Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  6. ^ "2002 W.C. Handy Blues Awards". Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  7. ^ "24th Annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards Nominees". Billboard. 2003. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Blues Foundation Awards and Nominees". The Blues Foundation. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  9. ^ Mac, David. "A Conversation with Kaz". Blues Junction Productions. Blues Junction Productions. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Antone's Announces Opening of New Venue Space on New Years Eve - 365 Things to Do in Austin, TX". 365 Things to Do in Austin, TX. 29 December 2015. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  11. ^ Gunther, Marty. "Ina Forsman | Album Review". Blues Blast Magazine. Blues Blast Magazine. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  12. ^ "Fiona Boyes and the Fortune Tellers - LUCKY 13". Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  13. ^ Paoletta, Michael (10 July 2004). "Billboard Picks: W.C. Clark". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 116 (28): 50. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  14. ^ "Pat Boyack - Doc Blues Records". Doc Blues Records. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  15. ^ "Blues Gotta Holda Me Album Release". Vizztone Records.
  16. ^ Trachtenberg, Jay. "Blues Gotta Holda Me - Review". The Austin Chronicle. The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  17. ^ Mitchell, John. "The Texas Horns – Blues Gotta Holda Me | Album Review". Blues Blast Magazine. Blues Blast Magazine. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  18. ^ Yung, Ben. "Ottawa Revue, RBC Bluesfest Revue". The Revue. The Revue. Retrieved 6 March 2017.