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Giants of Jazz at The Baird

Giants of Jazz

Saturday, October 19

Honoring 2013 Jazz Master: Gary Bartz

Presented by SOPAC, The Baird and the Village of South Orange
Produced by John Lee & Jazz Legacy Productions
SOPAC Members: $45, $55, $95*
Seniors & Students: $40, $50, $90*

*Includes post-show reception
The New York Times called Giants of Jazz the “premier (jazz) festival in the state.”
Zan Stewart, jazz critic for the Star Ledger stated “[Giants of Jazz] is easily one of the top jazz show of the year...anywhere.”
In 1998, the cream of the jazz world came to take part in Giants of Jazz, an amazing standing-room-only performance. Now in its sixteenth year, Giants of Jazz has become an annual music phenomenon – literally a one-night festival that has established South Orange as a major New Jersey venue for world-class jazz.
A Giants of Jazz highlight each year is the presentation of the South Orange Jazz Masters Award to a distinguished artist whose creativity has had a major impact on jazz performance and/or education. Previous recipients include renowned musicians George Coleman, Jimmy Heath, James Moody, Clark Terry, Frank Wess, Benny Powell, Dr. Billy Taylor, Frank Foster and Marian McPartland, and Slide Hampton.

McCoy Tyner, piano
Jimmy Heath, tenor saxophone
Roy Hargrove, trumpet
Wallace Roney, trumpet
Eric Alexander, tenor saxophone
Freddie Hendrix, trumpet
Don Braden, tenor saxophone
Steve Davis, trombone
Mike Lee, tenor saxophone
Antonio Hart
Justin Robinson
Bruce Williams
Rene McLean
Sharel Cassity
Jaleel Shaw
Lummie Spann
Julian Lee
Yuni Mojica
Alex Brown
Emmet Cohen
Sullivan Fortner
Cyrus Chestnut
Dezron Douglas
Zack Brown
Gerald Canon
Ameen Salim
Tommy Campbell
Quincy Philips
Evan Sherman
E.J. Strickland
TS Monk
Roberta Gambarini
Ronnel Bey
2013 Jazz Master: Gary Bartz
Gary Bartz (born September 26, 1940, Baltimore, Maryland) is an American alto and soprano saxophonist and clarinetist. He is universally recognized as the greatest alto saxophonist of his generation. Bartz graduated from the Baltimore City College high school and The Juilliard School. 
His break into the music industry came when filling in with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers at his father's club in Baltimore. Bartz has played and recorded with Chick Corea, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Max Roach, McCoy Tyner, Woody Shaw, Donald Byrd, Roy Hargrove, and Jackie McLean. His group the "Ntu Troop" combined soul, funk, African music, hard bop, and avant-garde jazz.  As a leader he has recorded 33 CDs to date.
In the liner notes to his 1994 album The Red and Orange Poems, jazz critic Stanley Crouch calls Bartz "one of the very best who has ever picked up the instrument". In 1998 he won a Grammy Award for playing on Roy Hargrove’s Crisol album Habana, and another in 2005 for playing on McCoy Tyner's album Illuminations.  Bartz teaches at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music when not touring.

DIRECTIONS From NYC Penn Station TO GIANTS OF JAZZ, South Orange Performing Arts Center - Take the Midtown Direct to South Orange station, end line is either Gladstone or Dover. The entrance to SOPAC is located on the east side of the train station.



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