This week’s Best. Saxophone. Podcast. Ever. episode features Bob Mintzer.
Bob is a 20-year member of the Grammy Award winning Yellowjackets, has recorded some 30 solo projects including his own Grammy winning big band, holds the Buzz McCoy endowed chair position on the faculty University of Southern California, does workshops all over the world, writes books on jazz, writes for orchestra, concert band, and big band, travels with his own quartet, and plays with numerous other bands around the globe. He is equally active in the composing, performing and educational fields.
Bob has written over 200 big band arrangements. His big band music is played all over the world, and has influenced numerous big band writers. He honed his big band writing and playing skills in the bands of Tito Puente, Buddy Rich, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis and continues to write for big bands and orchestras worldwide.
As an instrumentalist Bob has worked with Art Blakey, Jaco Pastorius, Sam Jones, Randy Brecker, Gil Evans, the Yellowjackets, GRP All Star Big Band, Mike Manieri, and The New York Philharmonic, to name a few. He has done session work for James Taylor, Steve Winwood, Queen, Donald Fagan, Milton Nascimento, and countless others.
He is generally considered one of the tenor saxophonists who came out the incredibly influential school of New York players in the 1970’s, which includes Michael Brecker, Bob Berg, David Liebman and Steve Grossman.