Leigh Pilzer

Leigh is currently the only female saxophonist in the nation’s Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Founded in 1990, the orchestra is specially funded by the U.S. government to show appreciation to one of the key elements in American culture – jazz music.  This years’ series of concerts highlighted the music of some of jazz’s greatest composers and musicians from the 1930’s through the 1970’s, such as Duke Ellington and Quincy Jones. As shown above, Leigh played as the lead baritone saxophonist during the orchestra’s June 13 performance at the Museum of Natural History.


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