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Born in New Rochelle, New York, Zachary Lipton began playing the saxophone at eight. He was selected as a high school senior to the first NY Youth Symphony Jazz Orchestra, performing with Slide Hampton and Jimmy Heath. Seeking both a rigorous academic experience and New York City’s myriad musical opportunities, Zachary earned his undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Economics at Columbia University. He also continued his musical education under Steve Wilson, Bill McHenry and Branford Marsalis, who praised, “Zack’s [rare] dedication to often overlooked elements of musicianship…. I am impressed with his innate sense of curiosity and meticulous attention to detail.”
Lipton's improvisational approach echoes the swiftness of 1960s-era Wayne
Shorter (Flight) and the gracefulness of Dexter Gordon (March 1st, Waltz for
Maya). The disc's ten tracks, all composed by Lipton, traverse a diverse array
of tempos and grooves, with an underlying propensity to swing. Lipton's
compositional skills shine bright on the opening track Shtuyot, the ballad,
March 1st, and The Hodge Positionary, a frenzied romp with angular
A gifted saxophonist and composer, Lipton has the potential to develop into
an original voice on the jazz scene. First Steps is an engaging introduction,
musically genuine and well-conceived.
- All About Jazz
“Zack’s dedication to often-overlooked elements of musicianship is rare in a
person of his age
New York City, NY
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