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About Jimmy Emerzian:
Equipment of choice:

Tenor Saxophone
Instrument:
Yanagisawa T990
Mouthpiece(s)/Reeds:
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
Instrument:
Yanagisawa S990
Mouthpiece(s)/Reeds:
Yanagisawa Hard Rubber 4 w/ Vandoren Blue Box #3 (personal favorite)
Otto Link Hard Rubber 7 w/ Vandoren Blue Box #3 or 2 1/2

Alto Saxophone
Instrument:
Conn 6M "Lady Face" (from 1948-49), with microtuner neck
Mouthpiece(s)/Reeds:
Theo Wanne Kali 8 (w/ Gold pressure plate)
Vintage Brillhart Personaline 7 (small group jazz)
Meyer Hard Rubber  7 (for big band/lead)
Selmer C* S80 (when needed)
Vandoren JAVA Red or Blue Box #3 reeds

Flute
Yamaha Silver Open-Hole with B-foot and in-line G
Yamaha Silver Closed-Hole with C-foot and offset G (backup)

Clarinet
Instrument:
Buffet R13
Vintage wood Evette (by Buffet) restored by Nick Spirito (backup)
Yamaha plastic clarinet (for outdoors and backup)
Mouthpiece(s)/Reeds:
Vandoren B45 Mouthpiecce w/ Vandoren Blue Box or V12 #3 1/2
Vandoren 5RV Mouthpiece w/ V12 #4

Bass Clarinet
Instrument:
1960's Wood Noblet (low Eb)

Mouthpiece(s)
J&D Hite
Selmer  D
Reeds:
Vandoren Blue Box #3 reeds or Tenor Sax Java #4 

Piccolo
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 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 the Elliot Deutsch Big Band, the Eon Burchman Quartet (both of which have new recordings coming soon), the Brian Owen Quintet and Septet, and the Lou Giovannetti Big Band (directed by Jeff Jarvis).  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 Jeff Jarvis, Conrad Herwig, Bob Sheppard, Bobby Shew, Bobby Rodriguez, Ingrid Jensen, Dan St. Marseille, and A.J. McLean of the Backstreet Boys.  From Arizona to Montana, Hollywood to the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival, Berlin and Copenhagen to London and Paris, Jimmy's musical talents have taken him all over the map.  He has contributed his unique sound to many recordings in the areas of commercial radio and television, big band swing, jazz fusion, and pop music, and is in demand as a live performer, arranger, and production consultant.

Interviews/Articles/Reference:


Interview for The Music Factor
http://www.themusicfactor.org/thighlight.htm

Interview/Article about AJ McLean (Backstreet Boys) European Tour
http://karl.papubs.csulb.edu/press-release/story.cfm?hackid=715

Review, Shawn Glyde's "Alternate Rhythm" CD (feat. Jimmy Haslip of the Yellowjackets)
http://www.jazzmonthly.com/artist_ag/glyde_shawn/reviews/gylde_review.html

Emerzian Music MySpace site
http://www.myspace.com/emerzianmusic

Recording Archive of the Elliot Deutsch Big Band (new album coming soon!)
http://www.elliotdeutsch.com/Archive.php

Jazz Festival Adjudicator Bio
http://online.fresnocitycollege.edu/cityjazz/adjucators.htm

ASCAP Awards
http://www.ascap.com/eventsawards/awards/foundation/scholarships/armstrong_ellington.html

Mark Turner wiki with contributions by Jimmy Emerzian
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Turner_(musician)

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)*
http://www.emerzianmusic.com/Emerzian_Thesis_Turner-Marsh.pdf

*[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 ProQuest Dissertations and Theses if possible, or better yet, make a PayPal donation below.  Thank you!]