Pete Christlieb

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Pete Christlieb
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Christlieb in Los Angeles, 2007.
Background information
Born (1945-02-16) February 16, 1945 (age 71)
Los Angeles, California
United States
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Saxophone
Associated acts

Pete Christlieb (born February 16, 1945) is a jazz bebop, West Coast jazz and hard bop tenor saxophonist.


Christlieb was born in Los Angeles, California and is the son of bassoonist Don Christlieb. Christlieb has worked with many musicians, such as Tom Waits, Louie Bellson, Chet Baker, Woody Herman, Count Basie, Steely Dan, Doc Severinsen, Warne Marsh, The Tonight Show Band starring Johnny Carson, and Bill Holman.[1]

Christlieb played the legendary sax solos on Steely Dan's song Deacon Blues from the album Aja, Natalie Cole's "Unforgettable", and the extended tenor sax solo on the song "FM (No Static at All)" from the movie of the same name.

Christlieb currently plays with his recently formed 10-piece group, "Tall and Small Band;" the Bill Holman Orchestra; and his own quartet. Also, for years Pete has been involved in racing Dragsters, with his cars participating in numerous races in the Southwest and across the country. His team has won two national championships for Blown Alcohol Dragsters.




Mouthpiece & Reeds[edit]

Christlieb plays a vintage Berg Larsen metal mouthpiece (130/0)with Rico (plasticover No. 2) reeds.


With Gene Ammons

  • High On You (2011, Tall and Small Band, Bosco Records, as leader)
  • Free Again (Prestige, 1971)

With Sonny Criss

With Carmen McRae


  1. ^ Yanow, Scott (2000). Bebop. Miller Freeman Books. pp. 242–243. ISBN 0-87930-608-4. 

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