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Gary Bartz


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Gary Bartz (born in 1940) is an American alto and soprano saxophonist.

Since graduating from The Juilliard School he has worked with Charles Mingus, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner, Max Roach, and Jackie McLean, as well as performing and recording with his own groups, among them the Gary Bartz Ntu Troop, which combined , , , , and .

In 2005, Bartz won a Grammy for playing on McCoy Tyner’s album Illuminations.

He currently teaches at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music when not touring.


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  • Andy-Cap

    the best

    11 Dec 2013 Reply
  • wendell3

    Hell yeah, somehow forgot about this guy.

    13 Sep 2012 Reply
  • JoeHemlock

    just saw gary bartz and mccoy tyner at the dakota jazz club in minneapolis tonight. to say it was amazing would be an understatement of the highest order. those guys were sorcerers. best show i have ever seen.

    10 Dec 2010 Reply
  • LarkCGN

    Music Is My Sanctuary is fab!!!

    20 Oct 2010 Reply
  • zkunen

    Gary Bartz is amazing!!!!!

    25 Jun 2010 Reply
  • dazamaru

    WHAT'S WITH THE 30 SECOND SAMPLES...? hOW do I get around that?

    16 Jun 2010 Reply
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  • mr_seigal

    Saw him live with McCoy Tyner on North Sea Jazz. He was just brilliant.

    15 Jul 2009 Reply
  • VickyBN1

    27 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Secret_Omen

    TheOutabodies, It's Syreeta Wright on 'Music Is My Sanctuary'. I've been looking for his Mtume/Lucas produced 'Bartz' album which is hard to find one.

    2 Jan 2008 Reply
  • DaoudPacha

    Like st0mpr 'shout' it, I also regret that Bartz is so underrated artist.His job during the 70's gave a new sound to music planet.Check also his work with the wonderful singer Andy Bey, their association created a wave beyond the sound!

    17 Dec 2007 Reply
  • TheOutabodies

    Great sound! Is that Minnie Ripperton on the music is my sanctuary track?

    12 Dec 2007 Reply
  • st0mpr

    Immensely underrated artist, the albums Harlem Bush Music and Juju Street Songs are epic, check them out.

    1 Dec 2007 Reply

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