About The Texas Horns
Article Courtesy of Vizztone.
The Texas Horns have been blowing audiences away on stages and on record since 1999. Now we finally get to hear them celebrate their own sound on CD with some of their closest friends in the music business.
Mark ‘Kaz’ Kazanoff, John Mills, and Adalberto ‘Al’ Gomez have truly been there/done that, producing and backing a who’s who of blues, soul, and rock bands – inducing Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Dr. John, Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, the Allman Brothers Band and more – and creating their spontaneous horn section magic on stages all over North America. These guys have held the spotlight at the big festivals in Ottawa, Chicago, and Portland. Here, Kaz plays his tenor sax and harmonica, and steps up to sing. John blows his swinging bari sax and Al wields his trusty trumpet. Whether it’s bringing new life to gems like “Caldonia” or “People Get Ready”or introducing their own material (listen to “Soul Stroll” or “Kick Me Again” or “Blues Gotta Hold on Me”) these guys know how to play, romping, stomping and updating that great horn sound from the 40s and 50s. The rhythm section boasts Austin blues maestros Barry “Frosty” Smith (drums) and Derek O’Brien (guitar), and the special guest stars include Marcia Ball, W.C. Clark, Nick Conolly, Anson Funderburg, Roscoe Beck and Johnny Nicholas.
Mark "Kaz" Kasanoff
About the Artist from Austin Texas
Raised with music by blues and jazz loving parents, Kaz started playing harmonica and singing at age 12. He heard, played with, and was taught by some of the best: Big Walter Horton, Little Walter, Junior Wells, Louis Myers, and James Cotton. Kaz decided to attend college at the University of Chicago in 1967, and was able to hear the Wolf, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, JB Hutto, Hound Dog Taylor, Muddy Waters, Otis Spann, Bob Margolin, and many other great Blues stars. In his twenties, the saxophone became Kaz’ main instrument, and he has gone on to play on and produce over 200 Records and CD’s with many great musicians. Affiliated for many years with important Blues Record Labels like Blacktop, Alligator, Rounder, and Antones, Kaz continues to record and produce music. A long time resident of Austin, Texas, Kaz has raised three great children and has taught High School for many years at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. He continues to play gigs around Texas with Jimmie Vaughan, Marcia Ball, WC Clark, and many others. In 1997, Kaz started The Texas Horns, a three-piece horn section that is featured annually at Festivals like the Ottawa Blues Fest. The Texas Horns have a new CD "Blues Gotta Holda Me" on Vizztone. His current band, The Recuperators, also features guitar great Derek O’Brien, and keyboard/vocalist Nick Connolly.