"Levi Saelua has a wonderful musical voice expressed through his compositions and arrangements. He creates music that is both imaginitive and engaging to listener and performer. He is also a very fine saxophonist and improviser."
Jeff Campbell, bassist/composer
"Levi has a rare comprehension of the many elements that all great music shares, regardless of superficial category."
Bill Dobbins, pianist/composer
"Alto saxophonist Levi Saelua's clear and expressive tone serves the melodies well, as does his technical yet emotive improvising."
Paul Naser, All About Jazz review of Bryan McAllister's Very Stable Genius
Photo by Tyler Mussetter
An award-winning composer and saxophonist, Levi Saelua maintains a full schedule playing with and writing for artists and ensembles in a variety of genres. He has performed in theaters and concert halls all over North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and he regularly performs with Triism, Tenor Explosion, Joe Mazzaferro, Alex Jenkins, and the Capital Jazz Project. He is currently the director of Colossus West and co-director of the Pacific Standard Jazz Orchestra.
Levi began his musical studies at age 6 with the Sacramento Taiko Dan under the direction of Sensei Tiffany Tamaribuchi. At age 9, he began studying saxophone and, five years later, arranged his first piece for jazz combo while attending Rio Americano High School. Upon graduating from Rio Americano's internationally distinguished jazz program, Levi furthered his music education at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, studying saxophone with Chien-Kwan Lin, Jose Encarnacion, and Charles Pillow, and jazz composition with Bill Dobbins and Dave Rivello. As a student at Eastman, Levi had the opportunity to work with artists such as Bob Brookmeyer, Maria Schneider, Bill Holman, Ryan Truesdell, Jeff Beal, and many others. Since then, he has written for and/or performed with artists such as Bryan McAllister, Casey Lipka, Jacam Manricks, Alexa Tarantino, Marc Broussard, JoDavi, Solabel, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, and the Sacramento Philharmonic.
Levi appears on:
Here to Say! (2010), Fatum Brothers' Jazz Orchestra
Live in Chicago (2013), Fatum Brothers' Jazz Orchestra
Colossus (2013), Colossus
Jazztrobeats (2013), Jazztronauts
Circles (2015), Bryan McAllister
The Temple (2016), Current Personae
New Life (2017), Shawn Thwaites Rebel Quartet
Personality (2017), Anthony Ty Johnson
Don't Be Afraid (2018), Karate Mountain
Farkhunda (2018), Current Personae
Christmas Card Vol. II (2018), Jacam Manricks
The Spirituality Suite (2019), Dan Jonas
Crystal Mama (2019), Bro Brocean
Super Saxto (2019), Jacam Manricks
Live @ the Clara (2019), Alex Jenkins Quartet
Very Stable Genius (2019), Bryan McAllister
Talk About It! (2020), Joe Mazzaferro Big Band
Cannot Fast Travel When Enemies Nearby (2020), Ethan Swett
One More Go (2021), JoDavi
Tri-Cycle (2021), Alex Jenkins Trio
I'll Meet You There (2022), Bryan McAllister
S.M.F. Jazz Collective, Vol. 2 (2022) S.M.F. Jazz Collective