Leigh Pilzer

Baritone saxophone
DIVA
Photo by Roy Cox

Photo by Roy Cox

Leigh Pilzer is a member of DIVA, the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. She is a versatile freelancer, performing with groups ranging from the National Symphony Orchestra to small jazz combos.

Leigh is an accomplished arranger, whose work has been recorded by DIVA for the 2014 Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, A Swingin’ Life (2014), and Special Kay (scheduled for release in 2016). Her arrangements are also in the libraries of many college and professional big bands and brass quintets.

She holds a BM in Jazz Composition and Arranging from Berklee, MMs in Jazz Studies and Saxophone Performance from University of Maryland, and has taught at Maryland and at Towson University. Additional graduate work includes study with the late Dr. Steven G. Strunk at the Catholic University of America. Leigh is currently working towards a Doctor of Muusical Arts in Saxophone Performance with a jazz emphasis at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

“…a magnetic player whose sleek but barreling sound is probably as close as we’ll ever come to harnessing the spirit of bari innovator Harry Carney.”
Michael J. West, Washington CityPaper

“…an exciting saxophonist with a heady, boppish approach.”
Giovanni Russonello, CapitolBop

“Konitz’s intentional, improvised dialogues with soloists [in concert with Brad Linde’s Extended Ensemble at the Atlas Performing Arts Center] led to many memorable exchanges, perhaps highlighted by Leigh Pilzer’s baritone saxophone solo with Konitz…”
John Cook, CapitolBop