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Patrick Zimmerli

Patrick Zimmerli

Patrick Zimmerli’s new Arabesque CD, Twelve Sacred Dances, is a suite of interrelated movements for jazz quartet. Zimmerli, who won the first annual BMI/Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Composers’ Competition in 1993 for “The Paw,” is both a composer and a tenor saxophonist: “I have found that what works best for me,” reports Zimmerli, “is to be purely a composer when I compose, and purely a player, an interpreter, when I play. I keep a complete separation between the two modalities, and there will be weeks when I do nothing but compose, and other weeks when my focus is totally on practicing.”

An award-winning instrumentalist in high school, Zimmerli was also voted Best Instrumentalist at the Berklee College of Music Jazz Festival in ’85 and ’86. Since arriving in New York, he’s worked with Thelonious Monk, Jr., Kevin Hayes, Bill Stewart and Don Sickler in addition to leading his own group, the Patrick Zimmerli Ensemble.

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