Lennie Niehaus (b. 1 June 1929, St. Louis, Missouri) is 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 include Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird, White Hunter, Black Heart, Unforgiven, and A Perfect World.
In addition to his commercial compositions and arrangements, he has been active as a clinician, performer, and adjudicator. He has written many arrangements for band, orchestra, and jazz ensemble, along with several pedagogical works for saxophone.
Works for Winds
- American Portrait
- Atherton Overture (2004)
- Autumn Ridge
- Avondale Overture (Niehaus) (1999)
- Brass Espanol (1968)
- Centre Island (1995)
- Festival of Hanukkah, The (1994)
- Three Moods of Hanukkah (as arranger) (1993)
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Lenny Niehaus." Accessed 14 December 2014.