Lennie Niehaus

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Lennie Niehaus


Lennie Niehaus (1 June 1929, St. Louis, Mo. - 28 May 2020, Redlands, Calif.) was an American saxophonist, composer and arranger.

Niehaus studied at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1952, he joined the Stan Kenton Orchestra, with whom (except for a two-year tour of duty in the U.S. Army) he performed and recorded until 1960. He won Downbeat magazine’s New Star - Alto Sax Award in 1955. Concurrently, he wrote and recorded his own albums. He contributed many compositions and arrangements to the Kenton library.

After leaving Kenton, Niehaus became increasingly active as a commercial arranger and composer. His film scoring credits included Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird, White Hunter, Black Heart, Unforgiven, and A Perfect World.

In addition to his commercial compositions and arrangements, he was active as a clinician, performer, and adjudicator. He wrote many arrangements for band, orchestra, and jazz ensemble, along with several pedagogical works for saxophone.

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