Los Angeles saxophonist Mike Lebrun bridges the gap between interweaving composition, improvisatory freedom, and a production-driven aesthetic.
His 2017 release "Shades" showcases his multi-instrumental prowess and penchant for artfully toying with a diverse soundscape. A semi-finalist in the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition and featured soloist on Michael Buble’s 2016 release Nobody But Me, Mike has emerged as a leading voice in genre-bending, jazz-rooted music. Previously releasing 2 studio albums of original compositions with co-leader Josh Moshier, Mike’s groups have been featured on NPR’s nationally syndicated program Jazz Set. The group has toured throughout the U.S. and South America showcasing their talents. Mike’s composition Jambo won the 2008 International Jazz Composers Symposium’s Best Small Group Composition award. He has been a featured artist with pop & Motown icons including The Temptations and Guster. Mike’s latest project, the Drive Trio, features Grammy award winning bassist Clark Sommers and Jon Deitemyer. He also leads a jazz quartet and is a member of numerous R&B, soul, funk, and jazz bands in the Los Angeles area.
In addition to his pursuit of music creation and performance, Mike also has has a background in the software industry and is the founder of Beakerbox Records.