Peter Epstein, M.M.

Music Chair; Associate Professor, Saxophone, Jazz and Improvisational Music
Peter Epstein

Contact Information

Degrees

  • B.F.A., CalArts, 1992
  • M.M., Saxophone Performance, University of Nevada, Reno, 2004

Biography

Peter 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

Polarities CD Cover

Polarities

Audio CD

Original Release Date: May 13, 2014
Label: Songlines
ASIN: B00L0EDRF0
Available as Audio CD at songlines.com.


Abstract Realism CD Cover

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 CD CoverLingua 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 CD CoverOld School

Audio CD

Original Release Date:November 6, 2001
Label: M.a. Recordings
ASIN: B00005R605
Available as Audio CD at Amazon.com.


Nascer CD CoverNascer

Audio CD

Original Release Date: November 6, 2001
Label: M.a. Recordings
ASIN: B00005MHPG
Available as Audio CD at Amazon.com.


The Invisible CD CoverThe Invisible

Audio CD

Original Release Date:November 16, 1999
Label: M.a. Recordings
ASIN: B00002JXDO
Available as Audio CD at Amazon.com.


Solus CD CoverSolus

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 CD CoverStaring 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 CD CoverOnce and Again

THE COLLECTIVE

Audio CD
Release Date: 2008
ASIN: B0019BFHIO


Balance CD CoverBalance

THE COLLECTIVE

Release Date: 2006
Recording/ Mixing: Tom Gordon
Mastered by George Horn at Fantasy Records


Boats CD CoverBoats

THE COLLECTIVE

Audio CD
Release Date: 2003


North CD CoverNorth

THE COLLECTIVE

Audio CD
Label: The Collective
ASIN: B000OEB45W
Available from Amazon.com Marketplace.


The Dark CD CoverThe Dark

EEA

Recorded & mixed by Tom Gordon

Recording Date: 2008
Available as CD and MP3 from amazon.com.
Available as CD from Origin Records.
Available as MP3 from iTunes.



Visit the offocial Peter Epstein Website.

Recordings

  • Polarities. Audio CD. Original Release Date: May 13, 2014. Label: Songlines. ASIN: B00L0EDRF0.
  • Abstract Realism. Audio CD, MP3. Original Release Date: April 20, 2010. Label: Origin Records. ASIN: B0038LN4PG.
  • Lingua Franca. Audio CD, MP3. Original Release Date: 2005. Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD. Label: Songlines. ASIN: B000A1IOB6.
  • Old School. Audio CD. Original Release Date: November 6, 2001. Label: M.a. Recordings. ASIN: B00005R605.
  • Nascer. Audio CD. Original Release Date: November 6, 2001. Label: M.a. Recordings. ASIN: B00005MHPG.
  • The Invisible. Audio CD. Original Release Date: November 16, 1999. Label: M.a. Recordings. ASIN: B00002JXDO.
  • Solus. Audio CD. Original Release Date: May 18, 1999. Label: M.a. Recordings. ASIN: B00000IWON.
  • Staring At The Sun. Audio CD. Original Release Date: January 19, 1999. Label: M.a. Recordings. ASIN: B00000G502.
  • Once and Again. The Collective. Audio CD. Release Date: 2008. ASIN: B0019BFHIO.
  • Balance. The Collective. Release Date: 2006. Recording/ Mixing: Tom Gordon. Mastered by George Horn at Fantasy Records.