Mark Lessman - San Diego Saxophonist

saxophonist Mark Lessman

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 saxophonists 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.

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

Upcoming Gigs

Sunday, May 19th - With the Art Olson Trio at Mr. Peabody's 6 to 10
136 Encinitas Blvd(760) 753-7575

May 26th Jazz Vespers with Archie Thompson Trio 4:30 - 6:00
320 Date St, San Diego

Wednesday, June 5th - Belly Up Tavern with
the Jonny Tarr Octet
Jonny just won best pop album and album of the year
at the San Diego Music Awards
143 S. CEDROS AVE SOLANA BEACH, CA 92075   858 481 8140

Saturday, June 22nd - Duo with Mike Peed
in the Grant Grill at the US Grant Hotel
No Cover - Great atmosphere 7:00 to 10:00

Saturday, June 29th with The Jonny Tar Octet - One Paseo Summer Concert Series

Friday, July 5th I will be at Ki's in Cardiff 7 to 9 with Rob Whitlock and Kevin Koch



If you would like to be contacted when fun things show up on the calendar, please put your info here:

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