Pete Christlieb

"I've been going back and forth between a Mark VI* and a Balanced Action* for years, and this is the first horn in 20 years I've played that is comparable in sound and feel to either one." ~ Pete Christlieb

World class Tenor player, "Tonight Show Band", Sax solos for Steely Dan and "Unforgettable" with Natalie Cole.


From the 1970s through the 1990s, the sound of Pete's tenor could be heard on television and motion picture sound tracks and recordings. The son of a famous bassoon player, Don Christlieb, Pete began his musical journey on the violin at age 7. At 12, he was introduced to the sounds of jazz through the recordings of Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker, Zoot Sims and Al Cohn, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Johnny Griffin, John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley. The violin was replaced by the tenor sax, but not without opposition. At 17, Pete enrolled in the Greyhound school of music through his association with the bands of Si Zentner, Woody Herman, Louis Bellson and even a short but delightful stint with Count Basie. Pete is also well known for his 20 year stint with Johnny Carson's Tonight Show Band. Today he can be heard with his wife, Linda Small, in their recently formed 10 piece group, The Tall and Small Band, and their quintet Tall & Small. Pete can also be heard with his own quartet, and with the Bill Holman Orchestra, both live and on CD. Electing to follow in his father's footsteps as a studio musician, Pete has played in the wind section on the Star Trek shows, and has had featured solos on CDs like Natalie Cole's "Unforgettable."

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