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Litchfield Jazz Festival Announces 2012 Artist-in-residence, Baritone Saxophonist Gary Smulyan

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Gary Smulyan Goshen, CT — Litchfield Jazz Festival announces the 2012 Artist-in-Residence for the 17th Annual Litchfield Jazz Festival. The honor goes to baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan
Gary Smulyan
Gary Smulyan
b.1956
sax, baritone
. 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
Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano
b.1952
saxophone
, bassist Marc Johnson
Marc Johnson
Marc Johnson
b.1953
bass
and drummer John Riley
John Riley
John Riley

drums
—all major names in jazz today. In 1980, he became part of the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. He also worked with the Mingus Big Band and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.

Gary has shared the stage and studio with luminaries like Freddie Hubbard
Freddie Hubbard
Freddie Hubbard
1938 - 2008
trumpet
and Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
1917 - 1993
trumpet
, Stan Getz
Stan Getz
Stan Getz
1927 - 1991
sax, tenor
, Chick Corea
Chick Corea
Chick Corea
b.1941
piano
, Tito Puente
Tito Puente
Tito Puente
1923 - 2000
band/orchestra
, Ray Charles
Ray Charles
Ray Charles
1930 - 2004
piano
, B.B. King
B.B. King
B.B. King
b.1925
guitar, electric
and Diana Ross. 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
Eric Alexander
Eric Alexander
b.1968
sax, tenor
on tenor, Jeff Lederer and Don Braden
Don Braden
Don Braden
b.1963
sax, tenor
also on tenors, Onaje Allen Gumbs, piano, Marcus McLaurine, bass, Matt Wilson
Matt Wilson
Matt Wilson
b.1964
drums
, drums (Artist-in-Residence from 2010/2011), Dave Ballou
Dave Ballou
Dave Ballou

trumpet
, trumpet, and Kris Allen, 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.


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