Friday, April 15, 2016

Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds- Pete Yellin; July 18, 1941, April 13, 2016

 Peter "Pete" Michael Yellin; July 18, 1941, NYC - d. April 13, 2016, was an American jazz saxophonist, woodwind doubler, studio musician and educator. He lived most of his life in New York had moved to the San Francisco Bay area, he had lived there since 2006.

Yellin is the son of a former NBC studio pianist, and he learned his first musical lessons from his father. He began playing in the late 1950s after hearing the alto saxophonist Art Pepper. He turned down an athletic scholarship at the University of Denver and came back home to New York to study at Juilliard under Joseph Allard (saxophone), Augustine Duques (clarinet) and Harold Bennett (flute). After graduation from Juilliard he started to work in the New York area. He went on to earn a Master's degree in saxophone at Brooklyn College.

He founded the jazz program at  Long Island University in 1984, he was coordinator for the studio there until the end of the 1990s.


In the Spring of 2011, Pete had a major stroke that left him paralyzed on one side and unable to speak due to aphasia. He passed on April 13, 2016 due to complications from the 2011 stroke.

Discography as leader

  • Dance of Allegra (Mainstream Records], 1973)
  • It's the Right Thing (Mainstream, 1973)
  • European Connection: Live! (Jazz4Ever, 1995)
  • It's You or No One (Mons Records, 1996)
  • Mellow Soul (Metropolitan Records, 1999)[4]
  • How Long Has This Been Going On? (Jazzed Media, 2009)

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this post about Pete. He is missed and loved by many.~ Jane

    There will be a Memorial Jam Session for Pete in Oakland, Calif. 9/25/16

    For more info.please visit Pete's website: