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Equipment the I use:

Tenor Saxophone
Yanagisawa T990
Otto Link Vintage Series HR 7*, Refaced by John Yoakum, Rico Select Jazz Unfiled 2H-3M
Yanagisawa Hard Rubber 5 (custom refaced by Marc Yacoubian to .090) w/ Vandoren V16 #3
Yanagisawa Hard Rubber  4 w/ Vandoren V16 #4 
Otto Link Hard Rubber 7* (balanced and custom refaced to a 6* by Marc Yacoubian) w/ Vandoren
V16 #3 Tenor or Blue Box #3 Bass Clarinet
Yanagisawa Metal 7 w/ Vandoren V16 or JAVA Red #3 
Selmer C* S90 w/ Vandoren Blue Box #3 1/2 

Soprano Saxophone
Yanagisawa S990
Yanagisawa Hard Rubber 4 w/ Vandoren Blue Box #3
Otto Link Hard Rubber 7 w/ Vandoren Blue Box #3 or 2 1/2

Alto Saxophone
Yanagisawa A880
Conn 6M "Lady Face" (from 1948-49)
, with microtuner neck
Theo Wanne Kali 8 (w/ Gold pressure plate)
Vintage Brillhart Personaline 7 
Meyer Hard Rubber  7 
Selmer C* S80 
Vandoren JAVA Red or Blue Box #3 reeds

Yamaha Silver Open-Hole with B-foot and in-line G
Yamaha Silver Closed-Hole with C-foot and offset G 

Buffet R13
Vintage wood Evette (by Buffet) 
Yamaha plastic clarinet (for outdoors!)
Vandoren B45 Mouthpiecce w/ Vandoren Blue Box or V12 #3 1/2
Vandoren 5RV Mouthpiece w/ V12 #4

Bass Clarinet
1960's Wood Noblet (low Eb)

J&D Hite
Selmer  D
Vandoren Blue Box #3 reeds or Tenor Sax Java #4 

Gemeinhardt (wood)

Jimmy Emerzian
Jimmy Emerzian is a musician constantly in search of deeper meaning and expression in his music. As a saxophonist, composer and arranger, he has developed a voice of his own, while embracing the traditions set forth by musicians such as Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins. Equally influenced by the bebop language of Charlie Parker, the minimalist simplicity of Jan Garbarek, and the rhythmic and harmonic intricacies of Armenian dance and church music, Jimmy has the ability to adapt to a variety of musical settings, and maintain an expressive point of view.

As an educator, he has taught from the elementary to collegiate level, and has maintained a steady private lesson studio for many years. He currently teaches courses in jazz improvisation, theory, and arranging at CSU Long Beach, where he also received a Master’s Degree in Music (Jazz Studies).  Jimmy earned his B.A. in Music (Jazz Studies) from UCLA, and his A.A. from Fresno City College.  He has studied with Gary Foster, Billy Higgins, Harold Land, Kenny Burrell, Tom Ranier, Jeff Clayton, Jeff Jarvis, Sal Lozano, Bill Liston, Mike Dana, Paul Shaghoian, Mark Ribera, and Larry Honda.

Jimmy regularly performs with his own small groups, as well as with GLEE star Matthew Morrison, vocal legend Engelbert Humperdinck, the Ron King Big Band, Elliot Deutsch Big Band, the Eon Burchman Quartet, and the Lou Giovannetti Big Band.  In addition to leading his own groups and acting as a sideman with his contemporaries, he has backed up, recorded, or performed with many well-known artists such as Bobby Caldwell, Dianne Schuur, The 10,000 Maniacs, Swing Out Sister, Gregg Karukas, Jeff Jarvis, Conrad Herwig, Bob Sheppard, Bobby Shew, Bobby Rodriguez, Ingrid Jensen, Dan St. Marseille, and A.J. McLean of the Backstreet Boys.  Jimmy's musical talents have taken him all over the map, having performed in dozens of countries and in 6 of the 7 continents.  He has been included in numerous recordings for radio and television, big band swing, jazz fusion, and pop music, and is in demand as a live performer, arranger, and production consultant.


Interview for The Music Factor

Interview/Article about AJ McLean (Backstreet Boys) European Tour

Review, Shawn Glyde's "Alternate Rhythm" CD (feat. Jimmy Haslip of the Yellowjackets)

Emerzian Music MySpace site

Recording Archive of the Elliot Deutsch Big Band

Jazz Festival Adjudicator Bio

ASCAP Awards

Mark Turner wiki with contributions by Jimmy Emerzian

Master's Thesis by Jimmy Emerzian, about Warne Marsh's influence on Mark Turner
(includes transcriptions and interviews with Mark Turner, Gary Foster, and Joey Sellers)*

*[Due to multiple requests for access to this project, it is being made available here for your convenience.  Although the entire document is provided here free of charge, please purchase through Scribd (jimmyjazz78) or make a PayPal donation below.  Thank you!]