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Leigh Pilzer, saxophone
Scott Silbert, saxophone
Tony Nalker, piano
Amy Shook, bass
Ken Kimery, drums


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Biography


Senior Chief Musician (ret.) Scott Silbert recently retired as the chief arranger for the United Stated Navy Band. He started his Navy Band career as a member of the Commodores jazz ensemble. He has appeared with notable artists including Natalie Cole, Rosemary Clooney, Eddie Daniels, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Michael Feinstein, Terry Gibbs, Scott Hamilton, Quincy Jones, Stanley Turrentine and many others. Silbert is the long-time lead tenor saxophonist with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and is the staff arranger and orchestrator for the ensemble. He is a regularly featured performer and bandleader at the annual W.C. Handy Music Festival in Florence, Alabama. In 2016 he was chosen to cover Zoot Sims’s parts at “Zootfest” at East Stroudsburg University. In addition to his jazz performances, Silbert is an in-demand woodwind doubler and show player. Recent runs include “Kiss Me Kate” at the Shakespeare Theatre and “One Night” with Janis Joplin and Pajama Game at Arena Stage.



Leigh Pilzer has performed at many of Washington, D.C.’s top jazz venues, including Blues Alley, DC JazzFest, Jazz at the Garden and the Takoma Park JazzFest. She is a member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra. Pilzer is also an accomplished composer and arranger. Her original composition “East Coast Andy” was featured on DIVA’s 25th Anniversary CD (2017). Other credits include horn section writing for recordings by Chuck Brown and Eva Cassidy and orchestrations for the critically acclaimed show Maurice Hines “Tappin’ Thru Life.” Pilzer holds a Bachelor of Music in jazz composition and arranging from the Berklee College of Music and Master of Music degrees in jazz studies and saxophone performance from the University of Maryland. She is currently working on a Doctor of Musical Arts at George Mason University. She has served on the faculty at the University of Maryland and Towson University, teaching jazz theory, jazz arranging and jazz history. Pilzer’s debut CD “Strunkin’” was released in 2016.