Zack Pitt-Smith

Zack Pitt-Smith studied saxophone technique and music theory at Eastman School of Music with Raymon Ricker and contemporary performance at Berklee College of Music with Hal Crook, saxophonists George Garzone, Eddie Tomassi, and percussionists Jamey Haddad and Giovanni Hidalgo.  He has a degree in Ethnomusicology from Brown University.  He has toured in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Brazil.  The latter has proven to be the richest in inspiration for Zack as he currently primarily works in Brazilian genres.

He has shared the stage with Jovino Santos, Harvey Wainapel, Marcos Silva, Gene Harris, Slide Hampton, Howard Johnson, James Williams, Henry Kaiser, and Denise Perrier.

Currently, Zack performs in the San Francisco Bay Area most frequently with his Brazilian instrumental choro ensemble Grupo Falso Baiano.  He directs bands and general music at Edna Brewer Middle School in Oakland, California where he was named Teacher of the Year in 2013.

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