From the 1970s through the 1990s, the sound of Pete’s tenor could be heard on television and motion picture sound tracks and recordings. The son of a famous bassoon player, Don Christlieb, Pete began his musical journey on the violin at age 7. At 12, he was introduced to the sounds of jazz through the recordings of Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker, Zoot Sims and Al Cohn, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis and Johnny Griffin, John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley. The violin was replaced by the tenor sax, but not without opposition. At 17, Pete enrolled in the Greyhound school of music through his association with the bands of Si Zentner, Woody Herman, Louis Bellson and even a short but delightful stint with Count Basie. Pete is also well known for his 20 year stint with Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show Band.
Today he can be heard with his wife, Linda Small, in their recently formed 11 piece group, The Tall and Small Band, and their quintet Tall & Small. Pete can also be heard with his own quartet, and with the Bill Holman Orchestra, both live and on CD. Electing to follow in his father’s footsteps as a studio musician, Pete has played in the wind section on the Star Trek shows, and has had featured solos on CDs like Natalie Cole’s “Unforgettable.” Most recently Pete can be heard on the TV show Family Guy and with the Ron Jones Orchestra.
Pete Christlieb ~ tenor sax
Tracy Knoop,Travis Ranney,Jeff Kashiwa, and Bill Ramsay ~ sax
Morris Northcut, Jared Hall ~ trumpets
Linda Small Christlieb ~ trombone
Bill Anschell ~ piano
Nate Omdal ~ bass Tim Malland ~ drums
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