Midtown Sounds

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Midtown Sounds
Background Information





Years Active

2015 - Present


Aleks Starostka - Alto Saxophone, Flute
Garrett Gaina - Baritone Saxophone, Bass Clarinet
Lucas Liska - Trumpet
Tom Haney - Trombone
Megan Szypula - French Horn, Vocalist
Mike Harrison - Piano
Jeff Cuny - Bass
Jake Matthews - Drums


Midtown Sounds is a medium-sized jazz group that focuses on reinterpreting the iconic 1950’s west coast jazz sound while also incorporating modern musical elements. In addition to west coast jazz, the group is also heavily influenced by Miles Davis’ Birth of the Cool, third-stream, and post-bop, referencing artists such as Chet Baker, Gil Evans, Tadd Dameron, Gerry Mulligan, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Comprised of current undergraduate, graduate, and alumni students from Wayne State University, this octet consists of Aleks Starostka on alto saxophone / flute, Garrett Gaina on baritone saxophone / bass clarinet, Lucas Liska on trumpet, Tom Haney on trombone, Megan Szypula on French horn / vocals, Mike Harrison on piano, Jeff Cuny on bass, and Jake Matthews on drums.

Midtown Sounds Band - L to R
Aleks Starostka, Garrett Gaina, Lucas Liska, Tom Haney, Megan Szypula, Jake Matthews, Jeff Cuny (Not Pictured) Mike Harrison



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