About Gary

Winner of the 2017 Jazz Times Expanded Critics Poll for Baritone Saxophone!
Winner of the 2016 Downbeat Critics poll for Baritone Saxophonist of the Year!
Winner of the 2016 Jazz Times Critics poll for Baritone Saxophonist of the Year!
Winner of the 2016 Jazz Times Readers poll for Baritone Saxophonist of the Year!
Winner of the 2016 JazzIt Magazine Award for Baritone Saxophonist of the Year!
Winner of the 2015 Downbeat Reader’s Poll for Baritone Saxophonist of the Year!
Winner of the 2015 Downbeat Critics poll for Baritone Saxophonist of the Year!
Winner of the 2014 Downbeat Reader’s Poll for Baritone Saxophonist of the Year!
Winner of the 2014 Jazz Times Expanded Critics Poll for Baritone Saxophone
Winner of the 2009 and 2011 Downbeat Critics Poll for Baritone Saxophone!
Winner of the 2011 Jazz Times Readers and Critics Polls for Baritone Saxophonist of the Year!
Winner of the 2009 and 2010 Jazz Journalist Award for Baritone Saxophonist of the Year!

Baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan was born April 4, 1956, in Bethpage, New York. The gifted multi-instrumentalist started his music career by first learning alto saxophone during his teenage years on Long Island. Today he is critically acclaimed across-the-board and recognized as the major voice on the baritone saxophone. His playing is marked by an aggressive rhythmic sense, an intelligent and creative harmonic approach — and perhaps most importantly – a strong and incisive wit.

While still in high school, he had the chance to sit in with major jazz artists such as legendary trumpeter Chet Baker, saxophonist Lee Konitz, trombonist Jimmy Knepper and violinist Ray Nance.

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Gary's Latest Recording
Alternative Contrafacts

Baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan brings here his trademark “contrafacts” (a music making method that shares the chord progressions with other compositions) approach to this first SteepleChase leader outing challenging us (maybe?) to guess the tunes he is employing.

TRACK LISTING:

  1. Vodka (Mal Waldron)
  2. Deep People (Jimmy Guiffre)
  3. Tale of the Fingers (Paul Chambers)
  4. Cohn Pone (Al Cohn/Nick Travis)
  5. Moodamorphosis (Gil Fuller, Dave Burns)
  6. Ahma See Ya Ted Curson)
  7. I’ve Changed (Gary Smulyan)
  8. On the Minute (John Eardley)
  9. Hanid (Coleman Hawkins) 7:35

MUSICIANS:

Gary Smulyan – baritone saxophone
David Wong – bass
Rodney Green – drums
Recorded April 2017

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Up-Coming Performances

 
Jan 12
Gary Smulyan trio with David Wong And Rodney green
Benefit for cancer and the John Coltrane house
Landmark Theater
Port Washington, NY

Jan 28
Jazz Crackers with Pete Malinverni
4 pm
Pound Ridge Community Church
Pound Ridge, NY

February release of new CD on Steeplechase called Alternative Contrafacts
featuring David Wong on bass and Rodney Green on drums

Feb 3-10
Jazz cruise

Feb 15- 18
New Mexico

Feb 22-23
Jazz residency
Haverford, PA

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News and Updates

New CD “Alternative Contrafacts” to be released February 15, 2018

Baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan brings here his trademark “contrafacts” (a music making method that shares the chord progressions with other compositions) approach to this first SteepleChase leader outing challenging us (maybe?) to guess the tunes he is employing. Smulyan whose professional career took shape by joining Woody Herman’s Young Thundering Herds at age 22 (1978) has won Critics’ and Readers’ Poll awards numerous times by Downbeat and JazzTimes, among others. GARY SMULYAN baritone saxophone DAVID WONG bass RODNEY GREEN drums Recorded April 2017 1 VODKA…
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Gary Smulyan Quartet-Live at Le Duc des Lombards – JAZZIZ Magazine

Gary Smulyan Quartet Royalty at Le Duc: Live at Le Duc des Lombards (Groovin’ High) Royalty at Le Duc, the 12th album led by Gary Smulyan, captures the baritone saxophonist’s gift for herculean lines at savage tempos as well as his startling ability to make the rough and rugged horn sound downright tender. The album was recorded in November 2015 at the renowned Paris club LeDuc des Lombards, where Smulyan appeared with an international rhythm section that he assembled specifically for a European tour…
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Gary's Music

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