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Woodwinds Instructor
Anton Denner
Faculty Member Since 1999
Anton is Accepting Students on Tuesdays & Wednesdays

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Born in New York City in 1961, Anton Denner began playing the saxophone in 1974. Anton has also played alongside many of the greats in Jazz, such as Ray Charles, Rosemary Clooney, Clifford Jordan, Mel Lewis, Al Foster, Norman Simmons, Brad Meldau, Bill Carrothers, Larry Goldings, Terell Stafford, Dave Stryker, and Bill Stewart, among many others. Anton has also been a featured soloist at The Napa Valley Jazz Festival, the Istanbul Jazz Festival (with the NY Jazz Giants) and the LaVillete Festival in France (with the Bill Carrothers Trio).

Some of Anton's recorded work includes the critically acclaimed Bill Carrothers Trio CD Ghost Ships, Happy Apple's Blown Shockwaves & Crash Flow and John McKenna's Apparition, to name a few. Mr. Denner has served on the faculty of the Stanford Jazz Workshop, and has been an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University since 1999. Anton is married to Nikki Denner, the Latin Jazz pianist and composer, and resides in Bloomingdale, New Jersey.

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Getting to Know Anton...

What brought on your interest in music?  
Jazz music and Charlie Parker were a major influence. After early studies with Lee Konitz and Joe Lovano, I began to freelance in the New York area in the early 80s, performing at The Village Gate, Visiones, The 55 Bar, Birdland , and many other venues.

Did you play as a child? If so, what instruments did you play?
I grew up playing the flute and piano, and started playing saxophone in 1974 at age 13.

Was your family involved in music?
My uncle was a professional singer.

What are some of your preferred method books?
Standard of Excellence & A New Tune A Day.

What other types of instruments are in your repertoire?
Flute.

Have you played at other venues?
The Village Gate, Visiones, The 55 Bar, Birdland, The Napa Valley Jazz Festival, the Istanbul Jazz Festival, and the LaVillete Festival in France.

Any favorite hobbies other than music?
Music consumes my life for the most part, and is both a profession as well as a hobby, although when I have the time I enjoy hiking and the outdoors!