About Gary

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
Royalty at Le Duc

Recorded live at Le Duc des Lombards

TRACK LISTING:

  1. Thedia
  2. The Star-Crossed Lovers
  3. Cindy’s Tune
  4. Serenity
  5. Elusive
  6. Laura
  7. Body and Soul
  8. Verdandi

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Up-Coming Performances

Oct 19 – 21
Canada with Harry Allen and the Four Others

Oct 28 – Nov 7
China tour

Oct 28
Ningbo

Oct 29
Hanzhou

Oct 30
Xuxhou

Oct 31
Nanjing

Nov 1
Shanghai

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News and Updates

Winner Baritone Saxophonist of the year: 2016

DownBeat Critics poll Jazz Times Critics poll Jazz Times Readers poll JazzIt Magazine Award
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Royalty at Le Duc now available!

Gary's new CD, Royalty at Le Duc, is now available! Recorded live at Le Dec des Lombards in Paris, France, it includes eight tracks including standards such as Serenity, Laura and Body & Soul. Click here for more information and to listen online!  
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Gary Smulyan Tops the Readers Poll in JazzEd Magazine

Gary has topped the Readers Poll in the 2015 Annual Jazz Ed Magazine list. Click here to read more.
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Gary wins 2015 JazzTimes Critics Poll

Gary was the recipient of the 2015 JazzTimes Critic Poll for Best Baritone Saxophonist. Click here to see the entire list.
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Gary's Music

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