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Zane Musa (January 1, 1979 – February 2, 2015) was an Alto/Soprano/Tenor virtuoso Saxophonist and talented vocalist, most widely known for his command of the saxophone. San Fernando Valley resident Zane Musa performed and recorded with some of the finest musicians around the globe. His well-respected talent was showcased by the likes of Arturo Sandoval, Roy Hargrove, Macy Gray, John Mayer, Lupe Fiasco and Christina Aguilera, as well as the Nikhil Korula Band and Karina Corradini. He also lent his sound to the house bands of several popular television shows including The Voice, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Carson Daly Show. He was a regular player in prominent clubs in Hollywood and was invited to contribute to several bands, including Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, fronted by Jeff Goldblum.

Zane Musa
Birth nameZane Musa
Born(1979-01-016)January 16, 1979
Arleta, CA
DiedFebruary 2, 2015(2015-02-02) (aged 36)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
LabelsStraight Ahead Recordings
Associated actsArturo Sandoval, Robert Francis Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra

Some of his final work was touring and recording with Arturo Sandoval. He was featured on the recording "Be Bop" alongside Arturo Sandoval. Zane was well-respected and sought after by many fellow musicians/friends and had a long history of contributing his unique sound to a host of albums for various other artists.

Zane's solo jazz CD/LP was released under an independent label, Straight Ahead Records, founded by mastering engineer Bernie Gurndman and Stewart Levine, producers for various successful artists including Dave Sandburn, Simply Red, Jamie Culum, and the Crusaders,

As a soloist/bandleader/sideman Zane has performed in various prestigious venues including the Playboy Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center, the IAJE conventions in Atlanta and New York, the Syracuse Jazz festival, the Blue Whale, Catalinas in Hollywood and countless other venues.

Although Zane's roots were well grounded in classic and improvisational jazz, Zane was working to bring forth an innovative blend of Jazz/Funk. Melding styles together in a unique sax-intense (note-worthy) sound distinctly his own.

Early yearsEdit

Musa began his musical career early on, studying tap dancing from his brother Chance Taylor (an innovator in the world of tap dancing) By his junior high school years Zane began playing the saxophone and that became his main focus. He went to Van Nuys High School and studied at the Performing Arts Magnet Program. He received his music degree from Cal Arts, in the Santa Clarita Valley, where he received a full scholarship.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Zane Musa had four siblings, his brother/tap teacher and musical inspiration Chance Taylor, his brothers Omar Musa and Sam Musa, and his sister Yasmin Manley. His mother Rebecca Musa and father Awad Musa encouraged his musical career from the very start. Zane is remembered, not only as an incredible musical genius, but also as a kind, gentle, humorous spirit. Los Angeles Times, July 9, 2002 article featured a story capturing the giving spirit of Zane Musa, who performed saxophone in Skid Row, alongside bassist, Ravi Knypsta. Both musicians gave of their time and talent to bring some joy to the streets.


Don Heckman saw Musa at the Catalina Jazz Club when he was 17 years old and commented that he was "...a name to remember".[1] He has played for Arturo Sandoval, Roy Hargrove, Macy Gray, Christina Aguilera, and John Mayer. Planet Rhythm said he was one of the most talented saxophonists.[2]


Musa died on February 2, 2015, in Florida after playing at an annual jazz cruise. He had apparently jumped from a Fort Lauderdale airport parking structure immediately following the jazz cruise on Sunday night. He was transported to Broward Health Medical Center where he was declared dead the following day.[3]


  • (2005) Introducing Zane Musa, (Straight Ahead Recordings) [4]


  • (2014) Heaven, - Robert Francis & the Night Tide (Saxophone)[5]
  • (2014) Moving On, - Kan Wakan (Saxophone)
  • (2013) The Best Man Holiday, (Saxophone)
  • (2012) Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You) , - Arturo Sandoval (Featured Artist, Guest Artist, Sax (Alto))
  • (2011) Endless Planets, - Austin Peralta (Sax (Alto))
  • (2009) JLB Jazz Collective With Jason Gamer - JLB Jazz Collective (Sax (Alto))
  • (2009) Reminiscence: Live!, - Phil Ranelin (Group Member, Sax (Alto))
  • (2005) Gravity Always Wins, - Dave Tough (Saxophone)
  • (2005) Static Trampoline, - Chris Pierce (Sax (Alto))
  • (2004) Inspiration, - Phil Ranelin (Main Personnel, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano))
  • (2004) The Mother Funk Conspiracy, - Mother Funk Conspiracy (Main Personnel, Sax (Alto))
  • (2003) The War of Women, - Joe Firstman (Saxophone)
  • (2001) Orcastra, - Jon Bare (Group Member, Saxophone)
  • (1999) Christmas Party Pack [Delta], (Saxophone)
  • (1999) Holiday Moods, (Sax (Alto), Sax (Tenor))
  • (1997) Holiday Sax Fantasy, (Primary Artist, Sax (Alto), Sax (Tenor))
  • (1997) Ultimate Christmas Party Pack, (Primary Artist, Saxophone)


  1. ^ a b "L.A. Jazz Scene Reels From Untimely Death Of Zane Musa". LA Weekly. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  2. ^ "RIP: Zane Musa (1979–2015)". Planet Rhythm. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  3. ^ "Famed jazz musician Zane Musa remembered as one of a kind". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  4. ^ "Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  5. ^ "Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved February 18, 2015.

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