The Pilafian Project


Scott Zimmer

(saxophone soprano et alto / soprano and alto saxophone)

Sam Pilafian


John O'Reilly


Sam Pilafian grew up in Miami in an atmosphere alive with jazz music. A devoted student of the tuba, in 1967 he became the second tuba soloist in 50 years to win the Concerto Competition at Interlochen. Fellowship studies at New Hampshire's Dartmouth College and at Tanglewood followed, until 1971 when Leonard Bernstein invited him to play in the first production of Bernstein's Mass which opened the Kennedy Center in Washington.

Sam's recording and performing experience has run the gamut, including the Boston Symphony, Pink Floyd, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke, and actress/singer Bernadette Peters. Recently, he became a member of the large brass ensemble-Summit Brass. Sam Pilafian is perhaps known best today as a founding member of the internationally renowned Empire Brass Quintet.

Sam currently serves as Professor of Music at Arizona State University. For 20 years, he taught at Boston University and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.

Currently Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Flute at ENMU, Scott Zimmer is completing a Doctorate in Saxophone Solo Performance at Arizona State University. He holds the Master of Music degree in Saxophone Performance from the University of Oregon and the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of Northern Iowa.

As a saxophonist, Mr. Zimmer performs with the eclectic trio The Pilafian Project, and has performed and recorded musical styles ranging from jazz to classical to punk/funk. He has performed with the Phoenix Symphony, Arizona State University Faculty Jazz Nonet, Oregon Festival of American Music, and the Britt Festival Orchestra. In addition, he has participated in numerous jazz and commercial musical projects as a free-lance saxophonist in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Mr. Zimmer appears on two compact discs on the Summit Jazz label: The Pilafian Project, "Meltdown," and The Jazz Nonet, "Hidden Agenda."

Le Pilafian Project interprètera des oeuvres parmi la liste suivante:

The Pilafian Project will perform selections from the following list:

Scott Zimmer

A.C.A. Referendum

Béla Bartok

Ruthenian Dance

Maurice Ravel


Thelonius Monk

I Mean You

Captain Beefheart

Dali's Car

Béla Bartok


Sidney Bechet

Petite fleur

Sam Pilafian

Gesualdo Movement

Ornette Coleman

Blues Connotation

Sam Pilafian

Big Easy Groove

Interprètes Performers


Programme / Program

5 juillet
6 juillet
7 juillet
8 juillet
9 juillet
July 5
July 6
July 7
July 8
July 9
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