Lenny Pickett Live Interview with Dave Schroeder at Barnes & Noble (NYC) on Friday, October 30th at 7:00 p.m.
Join us this Friday, October 30th, for an in-store Barnes & Noble interview with saxophonist extraordinaire Lenny Pickett
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Barnes and Noble
150 East 86th Street
New York, NY 10028
About Lenny Pickett
Lenny Pickett is a saxophonist, flutist, clarinetist, composer, arranger, music director and teacher, and one of the most unique and talented musicians on the scene today. He was a member of the Tower of Power Horns from 1972 until 1981, and since 1985 has been the tenor saxophone soloist with the Saturday Night Live band. He has served as the Saturday Night Live band's musical director since 1995. He is known particularly for his skill in the altissimo register (executed by using a combination of embouchure control, air stream control, and alternate fingerings), which can be heard during the opening credits of each episode of Saturday Night Live.
Pickett grew up in Berkeley, California. He has no formal musical training, did not attend high school beyond the ninth grade and did not attend college. Except for a brief period of study with the jazz saxophonist Bert Wilson (another player known for his facility with the altissimo register) after dropping out of high school in Berkeley, he is completely self-taught in the saxophone. While with the Tower of Power Horns, which he joined when he was 18 years old, he performed with Elton John and many other rhythm and blues and soul groups. He has also worked as a saxophonist and an arranger for artists including David Bowie, Talking Heads, and Laurie Anderson. As a composer, he has written for his group, the Borneo Horns, and has received a number of commissions to write works mixing classical and popular idioms for a variety of musical ensembles, including the New Century Saxophone Quartet, as well as music for theater and collaborations with dancers, poets and filmmakers.
He is a professor of jazz saxophone at New York University.
About Dave Schroeder
As a performer, Dave Schroeder's main musical focus has been leading the eclectic New York City-based ensemble, Combo Nuvo, where he displays his skills on multiple woodwinds and composition. In addition to his own group, he has performed and/or recorded with a wide array of artists including Teo Macero, Larry Coryell, Airto Moreira, Oscar Castro-Neves, Lee Konitz, Don Friedman, and Kenny Werner.
As the Director of the Jazz Studies Program at New York University, Schroeder has developed an inspired jazz studies program who's world renowned faculty include John Scofield, Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner, George Garzone, Chris Potter, Richard Bona, Jean-Michel Pilc, Peter Bernstein, Gil Goldstein, Dafnis Prieto, Billy Drummond, Lenny Pickett, Antonio Sanchez, Stefon Harris, Brian Lynch, and Robin Eubanks, among others.
As a music producer, Schroeder created the Blue Note Jazz Club Jazz Masters Series, the NYU Jazz Masterclass DVD Series, Joe Lovano Jazz Standards DVD, and is currently the host of the Barnes & Noble/NYU Steinhardt Jazz Series.