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The Borneo Horns
Background information
Founded 1983
Origin USA
Members Lenny Pickett
Steve Elson
Stan Harrison
Associated acts David Bowie
Duran Duran
The Blow Monkeys

The Borneo Horns are a woodwind instrumental band from America founded in 1983, comprising of members Lenny Pickett, Steve Elson and Stan Harrison. The band has toured and worked on albums with some of the best known musical artists including David Bowie, Grace Jones and Duran Duran.

Band members[]

Lenny Pickett[]

(born Las Cruces, New Mexico, 10 April 1954) is an American saxophonist, flutist, clarinetist, composer, arranger, music director and teacher. He was a member of the Tower of Power Horns from 1972 until 1981, and since 1985 has been the tenor saxophone soloist with the Saturday Night Live band. He has served as the Saturday Night Live band's musical director since 1995. Pickett grew up in Berkeley, California and had no formal musical training, did not attend high school beyond the ninth grade and did not attend college. Except for a brief period of study with the jazz saxophonist Bert Wilson he completely self-taught in the saxophone.

Steve Elson[]

(born Berkeley, California) He started playing saxophone at the age of 11. After high school, he began performing with the finest rhythm and blues, latin, soul music and jazz groups around the S.F. Bay Area. He toured North America with the legendary Johnny Otis Rhythm and Blues Revue, alongside such artists as guitarist Shuggie Otis, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson and the Three Tons of Joy. After studies with Harold Stein and jazz great Joe Henderson, Elson moved to New York City. While performing on the burgeoning loft jazz scene, he began recording and playing with a great variety of creative and commercial artists such as Tito Puente, Duran Duran, the Temptations, Peter Gabriel, the Talking Heads, the Beach Boys, among many others. Elson was one of the co-founders of the proto-funk group, the Slickaphonics, with Ray Anderson and Mark Helias. This ensemble recorded five albums, and performed world-wide in clubs, concerts and major music festivals including the Montreaux, Berlin and North Sea Jazz Festivals. His playing was featured on David Bowie's "Let's Dance”, including the baritone sax solo on the mega-hit Modern Love. This was the beginning of a long-term and on-going musical relationship. Elson went on to tour, record, and provide horn arrangements on subsequent Bowie CD’s. Elson co-founded the Borneo Horns (along with Stan Harrison and Lenny Pickett) in 1983.

Stan Harrison[]

(born Philadelphia PA and raised in New Jersey) Soon after graduating from college with a degree in sociology started working and touring as a full time musician.

A selection of album credits[]