Peter Epstein is an Associate Professor and Director of Jazz & Improvisational Music at the University of Nevada. Peter 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 and various world music genres at California Institute of the Arts. After receiving his BFA from CalArts in 1992, he moved to Brooklyn, New York. Since then he has appeared on over 50 recordings and has 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 six albums as a leader: Staring At the Sun, The Invisible, Solus, and Old School for the Japanese label MA Recordings; Lingua Franca for Songlines Records; and most recently, Absolute Realism for Origin Records.
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 throughout the United States (Eastman School of Music, California Institute of the Arts, New England Conservatory) and around 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 eighth year at the University of Nevada where he was promoted to Associate Professor on July 1, 2010 and also serves as the Director of Jazz & Improvisational Music. In addition to jazz saxophone, jazz history, and improvisation, he teaches a survey course on various musical cultures from around the world (MUS 431: Exploring World Music). 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.
Improvisational jazz performance