ABOUT THE ARTIST
New York–based tenor saxophonist and composer Stan Killian was born and raised in Texas. With a saxophone spirit reminiscent of Illinois Jacquet, Arnett Cobb, and James Clay, this twenty-first-century Texas Tenor seeks to modernize this rich lineage by developing a highly personalized saxophone sound and a distinctive compositional approach experienced in striking live performance settings with rich ensemble interplay steeped in simpatico.
In 2011, he released Unified, his first album for Sunnyside Records featuring contemporary jazz giants Roy Hargrove, David Binney and Jeremy Pelt. Each of the guest stars played an influential role in Killian’s development as an artist. The album received great reviews in JazzTimes, Downbeat, All About Jazz, The New York City Jazz Record and many other publications. Soon after, he released Evoke, which focused on his 55 Bar working quintet, featuring guitarist Mike Moreno. Evoke also garnered great reviews by the critics further cementing Killian’s reputation in New York and beyond. Both albums were well received in Japan prompting tours of Asia with concerts in Korea, Japan and China. Currnetly, Killian is working on his next release which features Eric Harland, David Kikoski and Ugonna Okegwo.
Stan Killian began performing professionally at age 16 with his father, Joe Killian, a jazz pianist and Hammond organist who worked in bands led by sax legends Sonny Stitt, Jimmy Ford, and Don Wilkerson. Stan received a BA in Jazz Performance from Texas State University and soon began playing professionally in all the major cities across Texas. Motivated by a personal desire to form his own quartet, Killian teamed up with his father and began performing a weekly gig at the Caucus Club in Austin. He soon recorded his first album, Straight Ahead which featured his father as well as mentors pianist Dr. James Polk and trumpeter Martin Banks. Since then, Killian performs regularly as a leader in Los Angeles, Denver, Mexico City, and all across the East Coast. His band holds a steady gig every 2nd Tuesday of the month at the 55 Bar in New York City.
Stan Killian: tenor sax; Benito Gonzalez: piano; Corcoran Holt: bass; McClenty Hunter: drums