Leo Janssen is known for his work as ‘principal tenorist’ with the Metropole Orkest, Joe Zawinul, Jim Beard, Pat Metheny, Yellow Jackets, Gino Vannelli, Adrian Belew, Vince Mendozza and Snarky Puppy (Grammy 2016). In 2000 the orchestra released an album ‘Shadow & Light’ with Leo Janssen as main soloist.
Leo Janssen was born in 1960 zuid-Limburg. Age 10 he started in local marching bands and regional brass and woodwind orchestra’s. At the conservatory he studied saxophone and clarinet, among others with tenor saxophonist Ferdinand Povel, one of his main jazz influences. Other inspiring saxophonists are John Coltrane, Michael Brecker, Jan Garbarek and Bendik Hofseth. Besides, Janssen loves traditional music from around the world, next to Bela Bartok, Richard Strauss, Frank Zappa, Hariprassad Chaurasia, Björk and Sting. Janssen is a versitale virtuoso in a great diversity of styles and genres, always playing from the heart, with open mind and in search of the original. Janssen works as a much requested guest player, versatile soloist and trustworthy sideman with Skymasters, Metropole Orkest, Eef Albers, Peter Tiehuis, Marc Scholten, Egbert Derix, Arno van Nieuwenhuize, Stormvogel and Thijs Borsten. In 2016 Janssen released his second album and since, he is gigging the scene with his own Leo Janssen Group. Peter Tiehuis (Frank Burks), Martin Gort, Arno van Nieuwenhuize, Stormvogel and Xander Buvelot.
With Stormvogel he plays in Global Alternative Energy Attack and as a guest at Festival de Muzen. He also joins Stormvogel in his new project Songs from the Great Indo European Songbook, freely improvising on themes from medieval times and antiquity. Read more on this project.