saxophonist • composer • educator
Saxophonist Glenn Kostur released THE WAY OF IT on Artist Alliance Records in October 2017. A collection of original compositions and jazz standards, Glenn is joined on the record by Dana Landry (piano), Steve Kovalcheck (guitar), Erik Applegate (bass), and Jim White (drums).
In 2005 Glenn released his first CD as a leader. “Trifling” is a saxophone/bass/drums trio recording of original compositions and jazz standards, available at glennkostur.com. For three years Glenn was saxophonist, composer/arranger, and musical director for jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson with whom he appeared on three recordings: “Big Bop Nouveau”, “Footpath Cafe”, and “Live From London”. In 1999he helped found the contemporary saxophone quartet, Thrascher, recently performing in St. Andrews, Scotland, premiering his composition Suite Scotch at the World Saxophone Congress. Other notable Thrascher performances include the World Saxophone Congress in Montreal and the North American Saxophone Alliance conference in Tucson, Arizona. Their CD releases “Another Sound Thrasching”, and “Axes of Evil” are available at thrascher.com. Other recording credits include the Steve Wiest Jazz Orchestra, the H2 (Dave Hanson/Al Hood) Big Band, Bob Lark's Alumni Big Band, Frank Mantooth Jazz Orchestra, the Dallas Jazz Orchestra, Chicago’s Jazz Members Big Band and the Texas All-Star Jazz Band.
As a freelance performer in Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago and Albuquerque, Glenn has worked with jazz artists such as the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Louie Bellson Band, Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Eckstine, Al Hirt, Joe Williams, Randy Brecker, Bobby Shew, Bob Mintzer, Slide Hampton and James Moody; and popular performers including Tony Bennett, Linda Ronstadt, Donna Summer, Olivia Newton-John, Johnny Mathis, Diahann Carroll, Rosemary Clooney, Joel Gray, Wayne Newton, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gormé, and The Temptations.
Glenn has served on the music faculty at the University of New Mexico as the Director of Jazz Studies since 1995, conducting Jazz Band I, the premiere jazz ensemble in the program. He also teaches jazz improvisation and coaches jazz combos. As a jazz educator, Glenn has been a clinician and guest performer at schools throughout the United States, and recently conducted the All Northwest Jazz Band featuring talented high school students chosen from among six states (AK, ID, OR, MT, WA, WY). He has also conducted high school All-State jazz groups in Alaska, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, South Dakota and Texas.
Growing up in Oregon, Glenn comes from a musical family, having started on piano at age three, and picking up the saxophone at age six. He cites his earliest saxophone influences as Dexter Gordon, Phil Woods, John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley.