. Known as a master of bebop, Smulyan is one of the major voices on his instrument today. Winner of six Grammy Awards, his latest honors include winner of the 2009 and 2010 Jazz Journalist Award for Baritone Saxophonist of the Year, the 2009 Down Beat Critics Poll for Baritone Saxophone, and the 2011 Down Beat reader’s Poll.
Gary got the jazz bug early in high school sitting in with artists like Chet Baker and Lee Konitz. After college he joined Woody Herman’s Young Thundering Herd. With him in that band were saxophonist Joe Lovano
. He currently has more than 10 CDs as a leader. He now works regularly with Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, with the Joe Lovano Nonet (with whom he appeared on the 2011 Litchfield Jazz Festival) and with the Dave Holland Octet and Big Band. He has also enjoyed stints with tenor saxophonist George Coleman and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band.
These days Gary lives in Amherst, MA, with his wife, pianist and conductor Joan Cornachio. He is a faculty member of Amherst College and serves as the artistic director at the Berkshire Hills Music Academy in South Hadley, MA. He joined the Litchfield Jazz Camp as a teaching artist in 2011.
This year marks Gary’s second appearance on the LJF. His Salute to George Coleman features Mr. Coleman’s own arrangements with Gary on baritone sax, Mr. Coleman’s young protégé and our special guest Eric Alexander
, alto. This ensemble debuted last season on Litchfield Jazz Camp’s series, Kent Has That Jazz and rocked the house.
Gary Smulyan appears with his Salute to George Coleman at the Litchfield Jazz Festival at Goshen Fairgrounds, Goshen, CT on August 11 at 5:15 pm. He can also be heard all weekend long leading panel discussions and clinics at the Festival. For tickets or information visit http://www.litchfieldjazzfest.com, call 860-361-6285, and find the Litchfield Jazz Festival on http://www.facebook.com/litchfieldjazzfestival and http://www.twitter.com/litchfieldjazz.