So immersed was yours truly in female instrumentalists within the past few days - and so exhausted doing so - that a major blunder was made publicly in the past 24 hours. While listening to Melba Liston - the legendary trombonist - the switch was made mentally to Leigh Pilzer - who "YT" described as a trombonist on Facebook :) Leigh is MANY things. But what she really is a SAXOPHONIST. And tackles BARI SAX at that! No small feat. Many of us have been fascinated about this instrument for years. And revere those who HANDLE it - let alone play it with such sensitivity and ease. Leigh Pilzer is one of those Rare Beings.
This Lady has been in my radar for a long time. She visited the show a few years ago in passing - we had a forum on female talent just before the Washington Women in Jazz Festival was taking place in D.C. NOW, Leigh has an album that is getting beaucoup blessings from a myriad of sources. "Strunkin'" displays her artistry, along with other female instrumentalists who know Leigh. So, the whole project feels like home. STRONG skills are here. Creativity. Nuance. The sensitivity of a seasoned veteran who is revered by Jazz ensembles in the Mid-Atlantic - including those in military circles (her arrangements are legendary). Matter-of-fact, Leigh Pilzer is known in MANY places outside of the Washington, D.C. area - she has toured all over the world - and her work has taken on new meaning with orchestrations especially for a very special show. Having seen "Maurice Hines is Tappin' Thru Life", I can say with authority: Leigh's input is magical.
We're going to run out of space talking about our guest. REALLY. But you'll hear it ALL on 1/12/2017. Saxophone master, arranger and teacher, Leigh is taking her place in Jazz History. Join us in The Chat Room.
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