Lenny Pickett (born Las Cruces, New Mexico, April 10, 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 also served as the Saturday Night Live band's musical director since 1995. In late 80s he occasionally appeared on Late Night with David Letterman - Video. He is known particularly for his skill in the altissimo register (executed by using a combination of embouchure control, air stream control, and alternate fingerings), which could be heard during the opening credits of each episode of Saturday Night Live.