Saxophonist Samir Zarif is a master of tonal beauty. His dry voice somehow finds a way to sound like a myriad of horns—principally a saxophone, of course, but also like a haunted bassoon and an oboe offering shades and textures of its own to both saxophone and bassoon personas.Raul D’Gama Rose, All About Jazz, February 29, 2012
Originally from Houston, TX, saxophonist Samir Zarif’s professional music career started while attending the University of New Orleans as a member of the Jason Marsalis Quintet & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.
Upon moving to New York in 2004, Zarif attended the Manhattan School of Music and began touring the United States, Canada & Europe with notable artists Hans Glawischnig Trio, Sophie Milman, Miguel Zenon’s Big Band, and many others. Samir has performed at such venues and festivals as The Bimhuis (Amsterdam), Pizza Express (London), Smalls Jazz Club (New York), Upstairs (Montreal), The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest (New Orleans), and the Guimaraes Jazz Festival (Portugal).
In addition to presence as a NYC saxophonist to watch, Samir is also an electronic music producer and DJ, performing with his electronic duo, Pax Humana.
His sound can be heard on Jill Scott’s Beautifully Human – Words and Sounds Vol. 2 (r&b; 2004) and Hans Glawischnig Trio’s Jahira (jazz; 2012), as well as two albums under his own name, Starting Point (jazz; 2011) and A Matter of Heart (electronic; 2012).