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Employee Directory: James Pisano

James Pisano

James Pisano

Associate Professor of Music
  • B.A. University of New Hampshire
  • M.M. University of Miami 1997
About James:

James Pisano, equally comfortable as a jazz saxophonist and classical clarinetist, holds an international reputation as a performer. His most recent tour, in May 2015, was to Brazil. He has shared the stage as a soloist with many jazz luminaries, such as Phil Woods, Frank Foster, Louie Bellson, Clark Terry, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Nancy Wilson, James Moody, Hank Jones, The Lionel Hampton Big Band, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, The Artie Shaw Band, The Cab Calloway Orchestra, the Dizzy Gillespie Reunion Big Band and saxophonists Brad Leali, Dave Pietro and Benny Golson, to name only a few.

As a clarinetist, Pisano has performed in the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas, as well as the Miami City Ballet and the Florida Philharmonic. He has served in the Wichita Grand Opera orchestra in the position of clarinet/bass clarinet since the company’s premiere performances, in 2001, with Maestros Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo.

Pisano’s performance and teaching invitations have taken him to nearly every state as well as Europe and South Africa. He maintains an active performance schedule – most notably as a member since 2001 of the saxophone section of the Jazz Heritage Orchestra (Cleveland, Ohio), which recently performed with jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin.

Pisano holds degrees from the University of New Hampshire and the University of Miami (Florida), where he was a member of the award-winning Concert Jazz Band. In May, he completed his residency at the University of Illinois, where he is pursuing a doctoral degree in jazz saxophone.

Pisano has served as director of jazz studies at East Tennessee State University and the University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton School of Music. He is currently associate professor of music and director of jazz studies at Bethel College.