Gary Bartz

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Gary Bartz
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Gary Bartz with McCoy Tyner, at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam, 2007
Background information
Born (1940-09-26) September 26, 1940 (age 77)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Saxophone
Years active 1960s–present
Labels Milestone, Prestige, P-Vine, SteepleChase, Candid, Atlantic, Blue Note, Mapleshade

Gary Bartz (born September 26, 1940 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American alto and soprano saxophonist and clarinetist.[1]


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 band at his father's club in Baltimore.

Bartz has played with Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Max Roach, McCoy Tyner, and Jackie McLean. His group, the Ntu Troop, combined soul, funk, African music, hard bop, and avant-garde jazz.[1]

In liner notes to his album released in 1995, The Red and Orange Poems, Bartz was described by jazz critic Stanley Crouch as "one of the very best who has ever picked up the instrument". He has recorded more than 40 solo albums and over 200 as a guest artist. He won a Grammy Award in 2005 for his playing on McCoy Tyner's album Illuminations.[1]

Bartz was awarded the BNY Mellon Jazz 2015 Living Legacy Award, presented at a special ceremony at The Kennedy Center.[2] He currently teaches at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, when not touring.


As leader[edit]

Year Album Label Personnel
1967 Libra Milestone Jimmy Owens, Albert Daily, Richard Davis, Billy Higgins
1968 Another Earth Milestone Charles Tolliver, Pharoah Sanders, Stanley Cowell, Reggie Workman, Freddie Waits
1969 Home! Milestone Woody Shaw, Albert Dailey, Bob Cunningham, Rashied Ali
1970 Harlem Bush Music - Taifa Milestone Nat Bettis, Andy Bey, Harold White
1971 Harlem Bush Music - Uhuru Milestone Ron Carter, Juini Booth, Nat Bettis, Andy Bey
1972 Juju Street Songs Prestige Stafford James, Harvey Mason
1972 Follow the Medicine Man Prestige Hector Centeno, Hubert Eaves III, Andy Bey
1973 I've Known Rivers and Other Bodies Prestige Stafford James, Howard King
1973 Singerella: A Ghetto Fairy Tale Prestige Hector Centeno, Howard King, Hubert Eaves III, James Benjamin, Kenneth Nash, Maynard Parker
1973 Altissimo Philips Charlie Mariano, Jackie McLean, Lee Konitz, Joachim Kühn, Han Bennink, Palle Danielsson
1975 The Shadow Do! Prestige[3] Hubert Eaves III, Michael Henderson, Reggie Lucas, James Mtume, Howard King
1976 Juju Man Catalyst Curtis Robertson, Howard King, Charles Mims, Syreeta
1977 Music Is My Sanctuary Capitol Syreeta Wright, Mizell Brothers
1978 Love Affair Capitol Wah Wah Watson, Dorothy Ashby, Welton Gite, Bill Summers, George Cables, Wade Marcus
1978 Love Song P-Vine George Cables, Curtis Robinson, Howard King, Rita Greene
1980 Bartz Arista Howard King, Hubert Eaves III
1988 Monsoon SteepleChase Butch Lacy, Billy Hart, Clint Houston
1988 Reflections of Monk: The Final Frontier Steeplechase Bob Butta, Geoff Harper, Billy Hart, Eddie Henderson
1990 West 42nd Street Candid Claudio Roditi, John Hicks, Ray Drummond, Al Foster
1990 There Goes the Neighborhood (Live) Candid Kenny Barron, Ray Drummond, Ben Riley
1991 Shadows Timeless[4] Benny Green, Christian McBride, Victor Lewis, Willie Williams
1994 Episode One Children of Harlem Challenge Larry Willis, Ben Riley, Buster Williams
1994 Red & Orange Poems Atlantic Dave Holland, Mulgrew Miller, Eddie Henderson
1995 Alto Memories Verve[5] Sonny Fortune, Kenny Barron, Buster Williams, Jack DeJohnette
1996 Blues Chronicles: Tales of Life Atlantic Tom Williams, George Colligan, James King, Greg Bandy, Jon Hendricks, Cyrus Chestnut, Russell Malone, Dennis Chambers
1999 Live @ the Jazz Standard, Vol. 1 Soulstice[6] Barney McAll, Greg Bandy, Kenny Davis
2001 The Montreal Concert (Live) DSM Peter Leitch
2003 Continuum Act One Space Time Jean Toussaint, Bill Mobley, Donald Brown, Essiet Essiet, Billy Kilson, Anga Diaz
2005 Soprano Stories OYO James King, Greg Bandy, George Cables, John Hicks
2012 Coltrane Rules: Tao of a Music Warrior OYO Barney McAll, Greg Bandy, James King

As sideman[edit]

Bartz playing with McCoy Tyner, 2012

With the Rance Allen Group

  • Say My Friend (1977)[7]

With Gene Ammons

With Roy Ayers

With Cindy Blackman

With Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers

With Donald Brown

With Kenny Burrell

With Donald Byrd

With Norman Connors

With Miles Davis

With Antonio Hart

  • Don't You Know That I Care (1992)

With Louis Hayes

With Phyllis Hyman

With Barney McAll

  • Release the Day (2001)

With Jackie McLean

With Grachan Moncur III

  • Exploration (2004)

With Alphonse Mouzon

  • Virtue (1976)

With Rare Silk

  • New Weave

With Max Roach

With Pharoah Sanders

With Woody Shaw

With Sphere

  • Sphere (1987) – Verve

With Charles Tolliver

With Bob Thiele Collective

  • Lion Hearted (1993)

With McCoy Tyner

With Robert Walter

  • Spirit of '70 (1996)

With Chip White

With John Lee & Gerry Brown


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