Boyer Jazz student named top saxophonist North America
March 11, 2010
What would it be like to be the youngest artist to ever be recognized as the number one saxophone jazz soloist in North America? Just ask Daniel (Danny) Janklow, a 20- year old junior at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia, who was awarded top honors and $1,500 prize money from the North American Saxophone Alliance Competition.
Danny was the youngest in his division, winning after performing “Alone Together” and “My Foolish Heart” on alto saxophone.
“Danny Janklow played beautifully at the North American Saxophone Alliance conference this past weekend,” said Will Campell, coordinator of this year’s event. “The five jazz competition finalists were all very impressive, so to be selected as the winner is quite an honor. Danny’s talent and professionalism are truly extraordinary and I look forward hearing how he continues to grow and impact the jazz scene. I feel certain that he has a bright future ahead of him.”
Danny, who began taking saxophone lessons at age 12, now studies with Dick Oatts, professor of saxophone and Terell Stafford, director of Jazz Studies at the Boyer College.
With his focus on jazz performance, Danny has enjoyed sharing the stage with jazz legendsWynton Marsalis, Benny Golson and Jimmy Heath. “The honor to play with great musicians has inspired me to present truthful and soulful musical sentiments,” he said.
This year’s international event which has been held every two years since 1987, took place on March 5 and 6 in Athens, Georgia. Hundreds of talented young musicians from schools throughout North America and other countries enter the Competition. For more information on the Jazz Studies program at the Boyer College of Music and Dance, visit our website.