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Charles Pillow

“I use my RS Berkeley Virtuoso tenor when I’m teaching students at the Eastman School. It’s a great horn that has an even sound through the registers. The low notes aren’t stuffy and the altissimo is easy. Great for demonstrating to students. The key work is reminiscent of older horns and it feels great in the hands. I recommend this tenor to everyone!”



Charles Pillow comes from Baton Rouge, LA. After college at Loyola University, he pursued his Masters Degree in Jazz Studies at the prestigious Eastman School of Music, in Rochester, NY. Since moving to NYC in 1987, he has appeared on over 100 recordings of jazz, pop luminaries such as Frank Sinatra, Mariah Carey, Jay Z,Luther Vandross, Paul Simon, Michael Brecker, Bruce Springsteen, John Scofield, Tom Harrell, Dave Liebman, David Sanborn, to name a few.

He has 5 solo recordings available, Currents, In this World, Pictures at an Exhibition, The Planets, van Gogh letters. Known as a saxophonist, flutist, clarinetist and oboist, his recordings showcase those instruments. 

In addition to an active performing and recording schedule, he is an Assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone at the Eastman school of Music.



VIRT2007NL | Virtuoso Tenor Saxophone, Unlacquered