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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

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Dream With Me

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Label: MCG Jazz
Released: 2021
Duration: 6:03

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DIVA + the Boys

Label: MCG Jazz
Released: 2020
Track listing: Slipped Disc; A Felicidade; Deference to Diz; Noturna; The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else; Piccolo Blues; Estate; Bucket ‘o Blues.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases, Grammy Nominations Plus Celebrating Etta Jones and Gloria Lynne

Read "New Releases, Grammy Nominations Plus Celebrating Etta Jones and Gloria Lynne" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast features new releases from Mariana Zwarg, Billy Stritch and Seth MacFarlane with a peek at the Grammy nominations plus birthday shoutouts to Etta Jones, Ethel Ennis, Leigh Pilzer, June Christy, Judy Carmichael, Maria Schneider and Gloria Lynne (pictured) among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music ...

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Jazz Alive Announces Lineup for Jazz Tales, Season 2

Jazz Alive Announces Lineup for Jazz Tales, Season 2

After a successful Session #1 which included bassists Paul Langosch, Michael Bowie, Herman Burney, and Tommy Cecil, Jazz Alive is pleased to announce the lineup for the next session of Jazz Tales. “We are excited to present each of these artist’s unique stories and tales from their years in the business,” said Fred Hughes, Founder and ...

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Article: Album Review

The DIVA Jazz Orchestra: DIVA + the Boys

Read "DIVA + the Boys" reviewed by Jack Bowers


After more than twenty-five years as one of the world's most renowned big bands, drummer Sherrie Maricle's superlative all-female DIVA Jazz Orchestra invited a quartet of “the boys" onboard to help ensure the ensemble's twelfth album's success. Even though DIVA needs no consorts to affirm its unremitting mastery, it is nonetheless pleasurable to witness these talented ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Bending Towards the Light

Read "Bending Towards the Light" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This week's episode includes a smattering of old and new holiday songs penned by women, a boatload of new releases from vocalists Alex Pangman, Jim Caruso, Billy Stritch and Klea Blackhurst, Alla Ray, Alison Wedding, pianists Hyuna Park, Simone Baron and Carmen Sandim, trombonist Aubrey Logan and bassist Kristen Korb, plus birthday shout outs to Ethel ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

What We Need Are Hearts On Fire

Read "What We Need Are Hearts On Fire" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Sample sweet holiday music from Beegie Adair, plus new releases by pianists Harold Mabern and Sue Palmer, with birthday shout outs to Diane Schuur, Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams (celebrating his centennial this year), Jazz Master Bob Dorough, Cassandra Wilson and lyricist Morgan Ames, among others. Playlist Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band “The Little Drummer ...

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Article: Album Review

The DIVA Jazz Orchestra: 25th Anniversary Project

Read "25th Anniversary Project" reviewed by Jack Bowers


To mark the DIVA Jazz Orchestra's twenty-fifth year as one of the world's leading jazz ensembles--male or female--drummer / music director Sherrie Maricle gave herself and eight members of the all-woman orchestra a homework assignment: to compose and arrange each of the ten numbers on the group's eleventh CD, the bright and exhilarating 25th Anniversary Project. ...

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Article: Album Review

The DIVA Jazz Orchestra: 25th Anniversary Project

Read "25th Anniversary Project" reviewed by Geannine Reid


A 25th Anniversary is a rare event in today's music world, and Sherrie Maricle the leader and driving force behind the DIVA Jazz Orchestra has achieved just that. A vehicle for some of today's most recognized names in jazz, this Orchestra goes beyond the label of an all-female ensemble, it is more about the achievements and ...


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