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Leigh Pilzer

Saxophonist/arranger Leigh Pilzer has performed at many of Washington, DC’s top jazz venues, including Blues Alley, Twins Jazz, Westminster Presbyterian, the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Jazz at the Garden, The Mansion at Strathmore, and the Takoma Park JazzFest, among others. Leigh is a member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, DIVA, the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, and Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes. With SJMO, DIVA, and the National Symphony Orchestra she has toured across the United States and in Austria, Canada, Croatia, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Holland, and Russia


Beatin' the Odds

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2024
Track listing: SKCC; Lin; Waterkress; The Platinum Taxi; Beatin’ the Odds; And Then It Stopped; Last Year, Lost Year; How Much Longer; Where Will We Go?


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases, Birthday Celebrations For Dorothy Donegan, Alberta Hunter, Billie Holiday & More

Read "New Releases, Birthday Celebrations For Dorothy Donegan, Alberta Hunter, Billie Holiday & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast makes the graceful morph from Womens History to Jazz Appreciation Month with new releases from John Basile, Kandace Springs, Jamie Baum, Queen Esther, Leigh Pilzer, Lizz Wright and Tierney Sutton, with birthday shoutouts to Dorothy Donegan, Alberta Hunter, Billie Holiday, Doris Day, Christine Jensen, Tessa Souter, Teri Parker, Tia Fuller, and Amina Claudine Myers, ...


"30": Live at Dizzy's Club

Label: Diva Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Something’s Coming; In a Mellow Tone; Here’s to Life; I’m Gonna Go Fishin’; Every Day I Have the Blues; I Feel Pretty; Three Sisters and a Cousin; A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald (The Object of My Affection/How High the Moon/A Tisket, a Tasket/Oh, Lady Be Good); Inka Dinka Doo; Airmail Special.


Article: Album Review

Diva Jazz Orchestra: "30": Live at Dizzy's Club

Read ""30": Live at Dizzy's Club" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The “30" in the title of the superlative all-woman Diva Jazz Orchestra's latest album stands for 30 years, which, believe it or not, is how long the orchestra and its remarkable drummer and leader, Sherrie Maricle, have been up and running and making beautiful music at home and abroad. Among U.S.-based big bands, it would seem ...


Jump Children

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
Track listing: Jump Children; Annie Laurie; In a Persian Market; Jumpin’ Punkins; Edna; Tootsie’s Rag; I Want a Roof (Over My Head); Dusk; Lullaby in Rhythm; 11:60 P.M.; Down for Double; Chloe; Shipyard Ramble; She’s Crazy with the Heat; Stompin’ at the Savoy.


Swings Broadway

Label: Diva Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Heart; Pure Imagination; The Man I Love; With Every Breath I Take; The Sound of Music; Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’; Seventy-Six Trombones; Love Who You Love; Get Me to the Church on Time.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Shabaka Hutchings, Warne Marsh, Deanna Witkowski and More

Read "Shabaka Hutchings, Warne Marsh, Deanna Witkowski and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This is an extremely varied selection of music ranging from spiritual blasts by Shabaka Hutchings and Franklin Kiermyer to sax mastery by Warne Marsh and Tony Malaby and torchy vocals from Dinah Washington and Helen Merrill. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings ...


Article: Album Review

The DIVA Jazz Orchestra: Swings Broadway

Read "Swings Broadway" reviewed by Jack Bowers

At the ripe old age of thirty (closer to a hundred in big-band years), the superlative New York-based, all-female DIVA Jazz Orchestra remains as frisky as a newborn colt, swinging up, down and around Broadway with abandon on its thirteenth album, a brisk and colorful tribute to the Great White Way that shines brightly from start ...


Article: Album Review

The Scott Silbert Big Band: Jump Children

Read "Jump Children" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The best music, in jazz or any other genre, is and should be timeless. To prove the point, the Scott Silbert Big Band celebrates the songs of a bygone era on its debut album, Jump Children, refreshing a number of memorable themes from the '30s, '40s and '50s and underscoring their relevance in an ultra-modern twenty-first ...


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