Trần Mạnh Tuấn
"This is the one i have been looking for a long long time! As the sax player who played various kind of music from standard to fusion and world music, this wonderful reed really help me to express all my feeling on my sax! Words could not say enough…..Once again, Thank you so much to Légère, it’s really my honor being the little member of Légère family." - Music Love, Tran Manh Tuan
Tran Manh Tuan was born in Hanoi in to a family of stage performers. His Father, Mother, and Sister perform traditional ” Cai Luong” ( The Renovated Theater ), a theatrical art created in south Vietnam based on song and dance. Tuan began playing saxophone in 1979 and was the first Vietnamese musician to receive a scholarship from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
He formed Orient Band in 1991, which won the gold medal in a national music competition, earning Tuan the title of “ Best Saxophonist in Vietnam “
His first solo concert was 1993 at the Opera House in Hanoi.
Tuan has release 16 solo CDs during his career and has collaborated with many well-know Vietnamese singers. His tours have taken him to Europe, Russian, China, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, and the United States.
He has perform with numerous musicians, including saxophonist Hans Dulfer and Fulvio Albano, Rob Mullins, Mike Del Frerro and John Ferguson, and Stephan Echer, Co Co York, Jennifer Ryan, Mezcal Jazz Unit group, Dana Leong, Denis Mininfield.
Most recently, he performed with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Derek Nash, Lillian Boutte, Charlie Bisharat, and Dave Grusin & Don Grusin.
2004 he opened the Saxnart Jazz Club in down town, HCMC.
In 1999 he received the "Best Teacher of the Year" award from the Army College of Music. He has also taught at the Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music, working as a composer, producer, arranger, saxophonist & musical director for the biggest show in Vietnam ever called (Tribute to Trinh Cong Son 10 years to 15 years) each year more than 40.000 people attended the concert. Also working for many differences TV show all over Vietnam. In 2012 he was setting the Saigon Bigband. The only Bigband in Vietnam.
While Tuan is considered a leader of the Vietnamese jazz movement, his favorite music combines traditional Vietnamse music with contemporary music. His latest albums, Simply Soul & Legendary Shepherd On The Moon were released in February 2016.