Over a six-decade career, Buffalo-born tenor saxophonist Don Menza has played a giant role in the jazz world. He toured with the bands of Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, and Elvin Jones, and had a long stint in Doc Severinsen's NBC Orchestra. On Rich's 1968 "Mercy, Mercy" album, Menza's legendary solo on "Channel 1 Suite," featuring circular breathing, put him permanently on the musical map. He also composed big band classics like "Groovin' Hard" and "Time Check." At the Bop Shop he'll be joined by Rochester's best: Bob Sneider on guitar; Mike Melito, drums; and Danny Vitale, bass.
Don Menza performs Monday, August 6, at Bop Shop Records, 1460 Monroe Avenue. 8 p.m. $15 general; $10 students. 737-0137; bopshop.com.