Les “The Saxman” DaCosta, solo performing artist, multi- instrumentalist and band leader is available to cater to your listening pleasure. Among his varied instruments are soprano, alto & tenor saxophones, flute, and vocals
Hi there. Let me introduce myself. My name is Leslie, also known as Lito, a nickname junior, being born in Panama where juniors in Hispanic countries end in -ito.
I've been playing woodwind instruments, including OBOE since 1962. I started with the CLARINET, and picked up 6 more instruments along the way, including soprano, alto, tenor saxophones and flute. I play through these instruments seamlessly. In my performances, I usually play 3 as well as sing.
I am often clean shaven, a sharp dresser, representing the cool, well- dressed styles of jazz Royalties, like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, while playing through a variety of genres in jazz, New Orleans Blues, Latin Jazz, Bossa Nova, for example.
As a little boy, living in Harlem, NY, and living 2 blocks from the Apollo Theater, I was influenced by Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Brook Benton, Dinah Washington, and others who performed and recorded. Starting at 12, my reading skills became impeccable, playing Classical music. In my 12th year of High School, I stood up and played Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, all 3 movements, backed up by the symphony orchestra, and conducted by the Chairman of The Music Department. The last year of high school, I discovered the sax and the flute.
At 17, I was fortunate to meet a gentleman who introduced himself as W.C. Handy’s nephew, Granville Lee! I worked in his band with saxophonist Bill Saxton in 1967, performing Bebop and classic blues for colleges, and educational facilities in Washington D.C., and Hershey, PA. I was educated in Wagner College and City College of New York, played in many local clubs, and venues in the New York metropolitan area, including studies at Brooklyn College of Music, for flute, and workshops in Harlem and Greenwich Village. I've been on TV, was a member of The Latin Jazz Society, that honored Tito Puente, Dave Valentin, Eddie Palmieri, and other well-known Hispanic musicians. I even made a debut on the Joe Franklin Show with blues singer, David “Sleepy” King, in the seventies. During that time I had the pleasure of playing in the Louis Monti Latin Band. We played in Hispanic communities in the South Bronx and East Harlem. In the eighties and nineties, I played in a few Rock and funk bands in midtown Manhattan, and Greenwich Village.
My favorite saxophonists include John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Jackie Mclean, Stan Getz, Charlie Parker, Grover Washington Jr., Cannonball Adderley, Boots Randolph, and Gato Barbieri.
After moving to Florida in 1998, I started my own music business as a solo performer, and became a local celebrity, being one of the few musicians that major in my brand of jazz. I was honored in the Charlotte Weekly Newspaper as most popular saxophonist in Charlotte County. I play everywhere, and in every type of venue that likes my music, including Churches, Weddings, Concerts, Fine Dining, Farmer's Markets, Private Parties, Resorts and Assisted Living Facilities in SW Florida.///////