Patrick Breiner is a saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, and educator living in Brooklyn, NY. He is widely sought after as a unique and energetic instrumentalist and improvisor.
Breiner currently leads several projects including Vartan Mamigonian (solo saxophone), Double Double (free jazz quartet featuring 2 bassists), and Red Metal (quintet with 2 vocalists, violin, and cello).
Other collaborations include: Battle Trance (fire breathing quartet of tenor saxophonists), Bing & Ruth (ambient new music ensemble), VAX (collaborative new/improvised musical performance trio), Premoticon (improvised duo with Will McEvoy), Very Feeling (trio with saxophones and live electronics), and Ballett im Revier in Gelsenkirchen, Germany with VAX and Sons Of Daughters.
In addition to his musical endeavors Breiner is currently collaborating with puppeteer / director Rowan Magee to create a new puppet piece to be premiered in January 2016 at St Ann’s Warehouse in Dumbo. He also recently made his acting debut at the 2015 Atlanta Fringe Festival in an original play called Woody vs. Mia vs. Gwyneth vs. Coldplay by actor / writer / director Daniel Glenn.
« Patrick Breiner blew a startling, corkscrewing, unaccompanied improvisation on tenor sax that lasted for minutes without a break… it served notice that Breiner is a force to be reckoned with. » – Dean Robbins, The Daily Page
« …a fiery brigand… Adopting a kind of manic two-step, he rocked furiously in a mesmeric dance with his own constantly evolving improvisations. » – David Fitzgerald, Athens Flagpole
Saxophonist Mike Lee performs regularly in New York City as a member of a wide array jazz ensembles. His current associations include Jimmy Heath, The Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra, Wallace Roney, Oliver Lake, Loston Harris Trio, Josh Evans, Dave Stryker, Frank Lacy and Roy Hargrove. He performs regularly at venues such as The Bluenote, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Smalls, The Jazz Gallery, Fat Cat, and Bemelman’s Bar at the Carlyle Hotel. As an educator, Mike has given countless masterclasses across the country at major universities and conservatories. His private students have gone on to study at Julliard, Miami University, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, and Berklee School of Music. He designed and implemented the first improvisation classes for Jazz House Kids which has become internationally known for it’s high level students and professional sounding ensembles. Mike Lee is Professor of Jazz Saxophone at The John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. Mr. Lee is endorsed by Conn-Selmer saxophones and Vandoren reeds. Mike leads the Wednesday night Jam session every week at Hat City Kitchen in Orange, NJ which features some of the greatest names in jazz.
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