Mandyck is back playing tenor—clarion, powerful, thrilling tenor. His sound is commanding but never harsh even when he executes his signature intervals, leaping from lower register blasts to plaintive treble cries.
Mandyck has developed one of the most remarkable and distinctive tenor saxophone sounds to be heard anywhere: big, warm, expressive and exciting. His melodic and improvisational style is a mix of pieces assimilated from his heroes (John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Cannonball Adderly, Michael Brecker) and his original touches drawn from his own roots in the blues. Born and raised in New York, Mandyck settled in Seattle in the early '80's where he soon became a top player in clubs, concerts and recording studios. He's performed and recorded with jazz greats Mark Murphy, Billy Hart, Lawrence Marable, and Carter Jefferson and was awarded "Best NW Instrumentalist" in the 1999 Earshot Jazz Awards. Because of health issues, he was forced to surrender his saxophone in the early 2000s. Turning his attention to the guitar, and later piano, each on a masterful level, Mandyck's presence has never left the NW music scene. In 2019, Mandyck worked his way back to playing tenor saxophone, with a recording from SCENES prompting Stereophile magazine to proclaim, "Mandyck is back playing tenor—clarion, powerful, thrilling tenor."