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Chicago Saxophonist Ken Partyka enjoys a multi-faceted career in the music business, which spans over twenty years. In his unique career, he has amassed an impressive resume as a performer, educator, bandleader and composer/arranger. Ken also leads the New Standard Quintet, which recently released its debut CD The Many Faces. Ken served as producer and contributed 4 original songs to the project.
Known for his versatility and musicianship, Ken is in demand in a number of idioms, including jazz, big band and also in more commercial settings. In addition to leading the New Standard Quintet, Ken is also currently the lead alto saxophonist with the renowned Rob Parton Big Band and is saxophonist in the Paul Mabin Band. Over his career, Ken has backed up celebrities such as Frankie Valli, The Temptations, The Spinners, Mel Torme, Arturo Sandoval, and Frankie Avalon. He has recorded on numerous commercially released CDs, most notably with the band Sonia Dada, to which he contributed many horn section arrangements. As a member of various ensembles, Ken has performed at some of the largest venues in the country, including the Chicago Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and the legendary Red Rocks.
In addition to his professional performances, Ken is also in demand as a clinician and guest artist. Able to communicate with many age groups, Ken has appeared with junior high, high school, college and municipal bands, including the Notre Dame University Lab Band and the Ferry Ilg Big Band in Gmunden, Austria.