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Ben Jansson

 

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scene; one of these is Ben Jansson.

Jansson began his jazz studies as an alto saxophonist. When he was sixteen, he inherited a classic vintage Selmer tenor saxophone and never looked back, having found his natural musical voice on the bigger horn. He was soon making his mark at performances by various incarnations of the Community High jazz band around town and at jam sessions alongside professional musicians. He continued his education at Humber College in Canada under well-known saxophonist Pat LaBarbera. There he gained experience by playing alongside many of Canada's best jazz musicians; I remember how impressed I was with his progress when I heard him at a jam session in Toronto many years ago.

After six years Jansson returned to Ann Arbor. His imaginative approach to the saxophone and all-around musical skills were quickly recognized, and he soon became a first-call member of the local jazz community. Although he concentrates on the tenor saxophone, he has a command of most of the other instruments required for big band and studio work, including the clarinet and flute. He now plays regularly in Paul Keller's orchestra and is in demand in Detroit as well as in his hometown

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