NICK LYONS, alto saxophone
Alto Saxophonist Nick Lyons has been called “one of the most important and original alto saxophonists on the improvisation scene” (Manhattan Users Guide, 2015) and “definitely a young jazzer to watch” (Time Out–NY). His collaborations, based around spontaneously improvised music, have included performing with guitarist Adam Caine, pianists Carol Liebowitz and Connie Crothers. Lyons leads various trios which have included drummers Roger Mancuso and John Wagner and bassists Adam Lane, Hilliard Greene, and Ratzo Harris. Of his 2009 solo performance at The Stone (a pick in Time Out–NY), Mark Weber commented on “his ability to go inside himself and find meaningful lyric inventions, curling out line upon line,” adding that the concert was “magnificent.” In 2015 Nick was a featured guest on WKCR’s “Out to Lunch,” performed in Berlin at clubs A-Trane and B-Flat and appeared on Cheryl Richards’s CD “If Not For You” on New Artists Records. He has been a regular performer in concert series presented by Arts for Art, the NYC fixture which produces the annual Vision Festival, most recently in Spring 2016 in a quartet with Carol Liebowitz, percussionist Andrew Drury and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter. He has recently performed in groups led by tenor saxophonist Jimmy Halperin (who cited Lyons as one of his favorite young musicians in New York City, JazzTokyo.org), Connie Crothers (The Stone), pianist Harvey Diamond (Boston area), and Aaron Johnson (Dizzy’s Club); and he has led groups with pianist Kazzrie Jaxen and bassist Ken Filiano, and pianist Virg Dzurinko, trumpeter Ryan Messina, and drummer Federico Ughi.