Baltimore native Grammy award winner Gary Bartz entered Julliard School of music in NY at the age of 17. Described by Stanley Crouch as one who “played with an ongoing freshness and pursuit of linear illumination”.
Gary’s fathers North End Lounge on Gay Street in Baltimore hired Art Blakeys Jazz Messengers for a club engagement and Bartz didn’t miss the opportunity to make his talents known. He was hired immediately in 1965.
From 1962—1964 he had already been with Charles Mingus in the horn section with Eric Dolphy.
In 1968 Bartz toured and recorded with McCoy Tyner (who he tours with to this day) later recording and touring with drummer Max Roach. He is heard on Roach album “Members Don’t Get Weary”.
Miles Davis looked him up in 1970 and Gary is seen performing with Jack Dejhonette, Airto Moriera Chick Corea and Miles in the rare and recently released DVD “island of Wight “ concert.
The Baltimore City College graduate has recorded more than 40 albums and remains one of if not THE foremost reed player since the passing of John Coltrane.
Truly a Baltimore hero and Jazz Master.