NEA Masters on Masters - an oral history, concert, broadcast and celebration
Grammy Award winning jazz saxophonist Gary Bartz first came to New York In 1958 - at age 17 - to attend Julliard. Miles Davis’ group was in its heyday, Thelonious Monk was down at the Five Spot and Ornette Coleman was just coming to town.
Soon, Gary began performing with the Max Roach/Abbey Lincoln Group and he quickly established himself as the most promising alto voice in jazz since Cannonball Adderley. Over the last 50 years, Gary Bartz has claimed his place at the top of the world of jazz saxophone. Bartz has played with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, the Charles Mingus' Workshop, Eric Dolphy, and in 1968, he began an association with McCoy Tyner which lives on to this day.
His landmark 1973 recording with Jackie McLean for Steeplechase Records featured a magnificent version of Charlie Parker’s composition, “Red Cross”. It is a classic battle of alto saxophone giants.
In 2001, Jackie McLean was named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts. He spent his entire life as a musician. In High School, he played in a band with pianist Kenny Drew, saxophonist Sonny Rollins, and others.
After high school, he joined Sonny Rollins on Miles Davis' recording Dig, when he was 19 years old. As a young man, McLean also recorded with Gene Ammons, Charles Mingus on the seminal Pithecanthropus Erectus and as a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers.
His work for Blue Note records brought McLean opportunities for a wide range of musical expression. He recorded as a leader and as a sideman with Donald Byrd, Sonny Clark, Lee Morgan, Ornette Coleman, Dexter Gordon, Billy Higgins, Freddie Hubbard, Grachan Moncur III, Bobby Hutcherson, Mal Waldron, and many others.
Join us for a special evening:
Masters on Masters - an oral history, concert, broadcast and
celebration of the life and music of NEA Jazz Masters.
Major Funding Provided by RSI Bank and the National Endowment For the Arts.
Oral History content will reside at the Smithsonian.