Mark Lessman - san diego saxophone player

The saxophone is the closest thing to the human voice there is by my estimation and I never lose my enthusiasm for playing this magical instrument.  I am inspired by great saxophone players from the present back to the greats of the 50's onward including John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon up to Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, Michael Brecker and many more.  I play the tenor and soprano saxes as well as the flute and the EWI (electronic wind instrument).

To be informed of where I am performing, I send out an occasional email.  There's a sign up for that to the right or at the bottom of the page.


“There’s plenty of Stan Getz in his airy tone and lyric style, but, to his credit, Lessman pushes beyond these Getz trademarks. By blending elements of music from slick-sounding Southern California, where he used to live, with a grittier influence of musical Chicago, where he’s now based, Lessman produces a worthy style of his own”.

Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

note: I lived in Chicago at the time of this review but am back in San Diego now.

Upcoming Gigs

Sunday, Oct 24th Peabody's  6:00 - 10:00
No Cover
136 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas
(760) 753-7575
With the Art Olson Trio


Occasionally I send out an email about where I'm playing. You want that, right?

A Little medley of clips from a CD produced by Mike Peed for the late Ki Holcomb and a Fattburger tune called Mr. C

Dear Mark,

I want to thank you for a wonderful performance this weekend.  I always appreciate working with professional band leaders that are poised to exceed my clients expectations.  To quote my client, "The Mark Lessman group was a perfect compliment to the essence of the evening...just right.".

Thank you again.
Suzy Swissler
Sales Manager
Quantum Productions Inc.

More music can be heard HERE