Interviews / Discography

Don Menza & Sam Noto Interview(PDF) (1977)


New York City Jazz Record Interview(PDF) (November 2014)


As leader

  • Don Menza – Very Live at Groovy – (2008) Label: Artie Music . Personnel: Markku Johansson, Esko Linnavalli, Jesper Lundgaard, Esko Rosnell
  • Burnin – (2002) Label: Real Time. Personnel: Chuck Findley, Ron King, Jack Nimitz, Don Rader, Bill Reichenbach Jr., Joe Romano, Frank Strazzeri, Bobby Shew and Frank Szabo.
  • Menza Lines – The Don Menza Big Band. (2005) Label: Jazzed Media. Personnel: Don Menza: leader, tenor saxophone; Chuck Findley, Bobby Shew, Don Rader, Ron King, Frank Szabo: trumpet; Bill Reichenbach Jr., Alex Iles, Bob McChesney, John Hasselback: trombone; Lanny Morgan, Russ D’Alba, Doug Webb, Tom Peterson, Jack Nimitz: reeds; Mike Abene: piano; Chris Conner: bass; Mark Waggoner: guitar; Mike Stephans: drums
  • Voyage – Don Menza & the SWR Big Band. (2007) Label: Hänssler Classic. Personnel: Don Menza (tenor saxophone), Don Rader, Claus Reichstaller, Felice Civitareale, Klaus Graf (saxophone), Klaus Wagenleiter (piano), Marc Godfroid (trombone), Andreas Maile, Axel Kuhn, Ian Cumming, Joe Gallardo, Karl Farrent, Rudolf Reindl (flugelhorn)
  • Jack Rabbitt – Don Menza (sax), Bobby Jones (Hammond B3 Organ), John Bacon (Drums). Cadence Jazz Records 1184
  • Hip Pocket – Menza (playing alto and baritone saxophones) with Sal Nistico and Sam Noto (1981)
  • First Flight (Catalyst Records, with Frank Rosolino and Alan Broadbent (1977)

As sideman

  • The Best of Buddy Rich [LIVE] – Buddy Rich (2006). Label: LRC Ltd. Contains Menza’s composition, “Time Check.”
  • The Best Of Buddy Rich: The Pacific Jazz Years – Buddy Rich. (1997) Label: Blue Note Records. Contains Menza’s composition, “Groovin’ Hard”
  • Mercy, Mercy – The Buddy Rich Big Band. Contains Menza’s famous solo (the “Menza Cadenza”) during “Channel One Suite”
  • Dallas Jazz Orchestra Plays Dee Barton (1994, Grammy nominated, 1996), Dallas Jazz Orchestra, featuring Don Menza
  • Dynamite “Live” at The Concord Jazz Festival (1980), 150 MPH (1974), Matterhorn (1978), Explosion (1975), East Side Suite (1989) – The Louie Bellson Orchestra
  • On Fire – Les Demerle with Bobby Shew and Lanny Morgan (1981)
  • “Live” At Joe Segal’s Jazz Showcase – The Louie Bellson Quartet (1988)
  • “Live” At Claudio’s – Pete Magadini (1991)
  • Lonely Place – Dan Terry Orchestra & Chorus (1969)
  • A View From Within – Frank Strazzeri (1973)
  • Frames – Frank Strazzeri (1974)
  • Bones Blues – Pete Magadini (1976)

With John Klemmer

  • Constant Throb (Impulse!, 1971)

With Lalo Schifrin

  • Gypsies (Tabu, 1978)