Department of Music

Peter EpsteinPeter Epstein

Peter Epstein

Director, Jazz Studies Associate Professor, Saxophone, World Music, Jazz & Improvisational Music

Contact Information

  • Office: 125
  • Phone: (775) 784-1501
  • Email:
  • Web site: peterepstein.com
UNR JAZZ

Peter EpsteinPeter Epstein began his career in 1984 in Portland, Oregon. After several years apprenticing with many of the region’s top jazz artists, he relocated to Los Angeles, California to study jazz saxophone and various world music genres at California Institute of the Arts. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from CalArts in 1992 he moved to Brooklyn, New York and has since appeared on more than 50 recordings and toured in 20-plus countries with artists including Brad Shepik, Ralph Alessi, Bobby Previte, James Carney, Joao Paulo, Jim Black, Scott Colley, Ravi Coltrane, Medeski, Martin, & Wood, Peter Erskine, and many others. Peter has recorded seven critically acclaimed albums as a leader: Staring At the Sun (MA), The Invisible (MA), Solus (MA), Old School (MA), Lingua Franca (Songlines), Abstract Realism (Origin), and his latest, Polarities (Songlines 2014).

He is a founding member of the School for Improvisational Music in New York City and has taught numerous workshops at universities, conservatories, and music festivals around the United States (Eastman School of Music, California Institute of the Arts, New England Conservatory) and the world (Nepal, India, Slovenia, Poland, Sweden, Germany, Portugal, Colombia).  He received his Master of Music Degree in Saxophone Performance from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2004. Currently, Professor Epstein is enjoying his tenth year teaching at the University of Nevada, Reno where he is the Director of Jazz & Improvisational Music and Associate Professor of Jazz Saxophone. Peter is a member of the Jazz Studies faculty ensemble, The Collective, and has appeared with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, Reno Chamber Orchestra, and Reno Jazz Orchestra. Recent honors include the 2013 Nevada Regents' Award for Creative Activities and a 2014 Nevada Arts Council Artist Fellowship.

Peter Epstein Recordings

Abstract Realism
Polarities
  • Audio CD
  • Original Release Date: May 13, 2014
  • Label: Songlines
  • ASIN: B00L0EDRF0
  • Available as Audio CD at songlines.com
Abstract Realism
Abstract Realism
  • Audio CD | MP3
  • Original Release Date: April 20, 2010
  • Label: Origin Records
  • ASIN: B0038LN4PG
  • Available as Audio CD and MP3 download at Amazon.com
Lingua Franca Lingua Franca
  • Audio CD | MP3
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: Songlines
  • ASIN: B000A1IOB6
  • Available as Audio CD and MP3 download at Amazon.com
Old School Old School
  • Audio CD
  • Original Release Date: November 6, 2001
  • Label: M.a. Recordings
  • ASIN: B00005R605
  • Available as Audio CD at Amazon.com.
NascerNascer
  • Audio CD
  • Original Release Date: November 6, 2001
  • Label: M.a. Recordings
  • ASIN: B00005MHPG
  • Available as Audio CD at Amazon.com
The Invisible The Invisible
  • Audio CD
  • Original Release Date: November 16, 1999
  • Label: M.a. Recordings
  • ASIN: B00002JXDO
  • Available as Audio CD at Amazon.com
Solus Solus
  • Audio CD
  • Original Release Date: May 18, 1999
  • Label: M.a. Recordings
  • ASIN: B00000IWON
  • Available as Audio CD at Amazon.com
Staring At The Sun Staring At The Sun
  • Audio CD
  • Original Release Date: January 19, 1999
  • Label: M.a. Recordings
  • ASIN: B00000G502
  • Available as Audio CD at Amazon.com

Once and Again Once and Again
The Collective
  • Audio CD
  • Release Date: 2008
  • ASIN: B0019BFHIO
Balance Balance
The Collective
  • Release Date: 2006
  • Recording/ Mixing: Tom Gordon
  • Mastered by George Horn at Fantasy Records
Boats Boats
The Collective
  • Audio CD
  • Release Date: 2003
North North
The Collective

The Dark The Dark
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