Antonio Lizana is, above all, a saxophone player. He began playing this instrument at the age of 10 at San Fernando Conservatory in Cádiz, but he first came into contact with jazz a few years later when he attended several workshops by Jerry Berganza, Dick Oatts, Jim Snidero and Perico Sambeat.
In 2011 he finished his jazz studies at the Centro Superior de Música del País Vasco, where he started his own project, Antonio Lizana Group.
He was rewarded with the Cádiz Joven Award in recognition of his impact as an artist; he has taken part in the Miguel Blanco’s Afrodisian Orchestra (Satierismos 2011), where he plays the saxophone, sings, and is in charge of arrangements. He collaborated on the last album by the New York-based Arturo O’Farrill’s Big Band, as a saxophone player, singer and arranger, Grammy winner as Best Instrumental Latin Jazz Album.
Together with this big band he has shared the stage with Andy & Jerry González brothers, Dave Valentin, Papo Vázquez, Pablo Mayor, Cristina Pato, Ximo Tévar and Gregg Agust and many more.
Lizana evolves today into a mature singer arriving at the point where it becomes difficult to distinguish between the sax player who sings and the singer who plays the saxophone.
The artist Javier Ruibal claims that Antonio is a singer AND a saxophonist at the same time, and that he performs both roles with a grace and consistency that is “almost impossible to imitate”. And he may be right.