Short Bio

Michael Zilber is a San Francisco-based saxophonist and composer.  Jazz legend Dave Liebman calls him “one of the best players and composers around anywhere.  Period!”  He has released 11 albums as a leader to numerous rave reviews, the latest being “Zilber’s Originals for the Originals”, his homage to saxophone giants.  Featuring jazz greats Dave Kikoski, James Genus and Clarence Penn, the album was released in early 2017, to rapturous response.  In late 2016, he and guitar virtuoso John Stowell released Basement Blues, their 3rd recording together on Origin Records.

Zilber is currently a sideman in trumpeter/composer Erik Jekabson’s Stringtet, as well as playing and composing for the highly regarded Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, whose recent release Cheap Rent received 4.5 stars in DownBeat.  Zilber also teaches at the California Jazz Conservatory where his student groups have won more than a dozen national DownBeat awards.