Leon “Zach” Zachary is a largely unheralded artist, despite playing a major role in the Philadelphia soul scene as a prominent member of the legendary group MFSB. As a pivotal member of MFSB, Zachary’s saxophone became the heartbeat of the band’s signature sound. His melodic lines and masterful improvisations breathed life into the group’s music, captivating listeners with each resounding note. Whether infusing the music with a lively, up-tempo energy or infusing it with heartfelt balladry, Zachary’s saxophone added an enchanting and unforgettable element to MFSB’s sonic landscape.
The impact of Zach Zachary on MFSB’s success cannot be overstated. The band’s chart-topping hits, such as “TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)” and “Love Is the Message,” owe much of their enduring appeal to Zachary’s unforgettable saxophone solos. His innate ability to infuse emotion into every performance and seamlessly blend with the ensemble solidifies his status as a saxophonist of unparalleled excellence.
Beyond his contributions to MFSB, Zachary was also a composer, arranger and teacher, who played lead alto with Lionel Hampton and the Mercer Ellington Orchestra, and also played with Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., Patti LaBelle and Teddy Pendergrass among others.
Page last updated 6/23/2023.