Standing at the summit of baritone saxophone players, Gary Smulyan, continues to enthrall audiences with his hearty tone and the energy of his playing. His music ranges from standards to his own compositions. Above all, he swings.
Smulyan, frequent winner of Downbeat Magazines critic’s and reader’s polls, has recorded twelve CDs as a leader and has played as a sideman on over 100 recordings. He has performed on twelve Grammy Award winning recordings.
Gary Smulyan began his career playing in Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd and since then has performed with luminaries including Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Charles Mingus, Ray Charles, and B.B. King. Today, besides leading his own band, he is a mainstay in the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and performs frequently with Joe Lovano, Dave Holland and others.