MICHAEL ZSOLDOS

Michael Zsoldos was introduced to music through his father's vast record collection, which included the music of Charlie Parker, Felix Mendelssohn, Billie Holiday, the Beatles, and Glenn Miller. Michael attended the Eastman School of Music where he studied classical and jazz saxophone with Ramon Ricker. He later studied with Andrew Speight and Branford Marsalis at Michigan State University and has a master's degree in music theory.

In 2010, Michael released his debut CD "Off the Cuff" with drummer Matt Wilson, bassist Martin Wind, and pianist Miro Sprague. "Off the Cuff" has been playing on radio stations throughout the US and Canada to great reviews and was on the nominating ballot in four categories for the 2011 Grammys. The album is available here.

Michael can also be heard with jazz vocalist Samirah Evans and her Handsome Devils. The band recorded a live CD, "Hot Club" at the Vermont Jazz Center that was released in January 2011.

Since 2004, Michael has been a performer and instrumental arranger for the Dartmouth College Gospel Choir and Dartmouth Idol, featuring Walt Cunningham. Michael's playing and arranging can be heard on Cunningham's 2010 album "When All God's Children." In 2008, they performed before capacity crowds at the Chicago House of Blues and Jazz at Lincoln Center. In January 2009, the choir shared the stage with Bebe Winans, Carole King, and Yolanda Adams at President Barack Obama's Inauguration festivities.

In his work as composer, Michael's original score is featured in the award-winning documentary "Birdsong and Coffee" A Wake Up Call," which has aired both on PBS and Link TV.

Michael's passion for teaching led him back to Vermont. He is currently on the teaching faculties of the University of Vermont, Interplay Jazz Camp, and Festival Internazionale Del Sassofono, in Faenza, Italy. He has conducted the District Jazz Bands in Vermont districts IV, V, and VI, and has been a repeat clinician for the Vermont and Maine Music Educators Associations.