Lanny Morgan

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Lanny Morgan
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RECENT HISTORY

Sometime past the 50th year of his career,, alto saxophonist Lanny Morgan thought he might “retire.” It didn’t work out. Things kept coming up. So he removed himself from all the big bands around town and announced he was “semi-retired.” It didn’t work out. Things kept coming up—for the sextet he had launched and recorded in 2009 as “6.”

For the past few years, that partly re-staffed sextet has reentered the jazz atmosphere via scattered appearances, which turned into repeat performances, softly announced and generally not ambitiously promoted. Forget “retired.”

Now (2017), the Lanny Morgan Sextet is actively announcing performances throughout southern California-- with a first date in June at San Diego City College’s “Live Jazz” series, followed by three (so far) in the fall—in Northridge, Hermosa Beach and Palm Desert. More will be announced, as they say. (See Schedule for all details.)

The group consists of:
Lanny Morgan on alto saxophone, tenor saxophonist Doug Webb, trumpeter Bob Summers, Matt Harris on piano, Chris Conner on bass and drummer Paul Kreibich, delivering Morgan originals from the “6” CD, along with some new compositions and everyone’s favorite standards.

MORE BACKGROUND

Alto saxophonist Lanny Morgan has been on the scene here and abroad since 1954 (with Charlie Barnett), playing every major jazz club and festival that exist and appearing as soloist/clinician at colleges and universities in nearly every state of the union.  He has traveled the world as a soloist, as a member of Supersax, and with ensembles backing Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, and others.  Notably, he became a frequent front-liner with British musicians throughout the U.K.
Morgan first came to prominence in New York City, as the young lead alto for Maynard Ferguson's Big Band of the sixties, as well as the MF Sextet of the same era, and clubbing with his own group in the Big Apple.
His signature sound has endured from his early years with Ferguson through decades in a career that has spanned an A-Z list of involvement with everyone notable in the recent history of jazz.  A significant endorsement of his earned respect was his role in a Pasadena (CA) Jazz Institute hosted program paying tribute to revered alto sax man Charlie Parker. Featured at three jazz festivals since its debut in 2004, the “Bird Lives” show spotlighted Morgan with symphony orchestra members, reproducing the famous recording of “Charlie Parker with Strings,” and in a quartet setting, playing famous Parker tunes.
As a studio/jazz musician, he was tapped for 15 variety shows of TV’s heyday, along with movie soundtracks and recordings by everyone from Manhattan Transfer to Steeley Dan. 

As an educator, he taught at the Bud Shank Workshop, Dick Grove School of Music and the Stanford Jazz Workshop and was an instructor for many years at Idyllwild Jazz Camp.  In 2013, he was one of the three inductees into The California Alliance for Jazz HALL OF FAME. The CAJ Hall of Fame was established in 2008 by the organization (www.cajazz.org) to recognize jazz artists who have made significant contributions to jazz education during, and in addition to, stellar professional careers.

 

Artist Management/Booking info:
Lanny Morgan
6470 Gaviota Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406
818-426-6583
Lanny Morgan
lannymorgansax@gmail.com

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Public Relations:
Marty Morgan PR,
6470 Gaviota Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406
818-421-7638
Marty Morgan
marty.morganpr@gmail.com

 


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