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Dave LeFebvre (2011)

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Bay Area-born, -bred and -based saxophonist and composer Dave LeFebvre has been performing throughout California, Europe and Japan for the last quarter century.

He's played in the Don Ellis Orchestra and the Don Piestrup Big Band, and with Joe Williams, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The Temptations, and the Four Tops. And he's done a long round of jazz festivals, including Concord, Berkeley, Napa Valley, and San Jose, and headlined at the Fête de la Musique in Auxerre, France.

As an educator, Dave has taught at UC Berkeley, at Cal State Maritime College, and at the San Jose Jazz Camp, among others. As a writer, he's prolific, having composed and arranged over one hundred original compositions for big band and, even more impressive, a couple of hundred more for small groups.

Straight-ahead or funk or fusion, it matters not: Dave's playing is unfailingly excellent, be it on tenor saxophone, or another saxophone (soprano or alto), or other reed (clarinet), or woodwind (flute, piccolo), or even wind synthesizer. What's more, Dave also plays the EWI, and, like Michael Brecker but unlike so many others, he plays it very well indeed. His new recording, "From Soul to Soul", is dedicated to Michael.

Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 The Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Out Take Five Columbia
# 2 John Coltrane Blue Train Moment's Notice Blue Note
# 3 The Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra The Complete Solid State Recordings of the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra Tiptoe Mosaic
# 4 Don Ellis Electric Bath Indian Lady Crescendo
# 5 Claus Ogerman featuring Michael Brecker Cityscape In the Presence and Absence of Each Other, Part 1 Warner Bros
# 6 Weather Report Heavy Weather Palladium Columbia
# 7 Steps Ahead Magnetic In a Sentimental Mood Elektra
Book Joseph Viola, "Technique of the Saxophone", or Ray Bradbury
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