Bob Mintzer

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Bob Mintzer
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Mintzer in 2015
Background information
Birth nameRobert Alan Mintzer
Born (1953-01-27) January 27, 1953 (age 65)
New Rochelle, New York, US
GenresJazz, jazz fusion
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, arranger, band leader
InstrumentsSaxophone, EWI, bass clarinet
LabelsDMP, Novus, MCG Jazz
Associated actsThe Yellowjackets, Bob Mintzer Big Band
Websitewww.bobmintzer.com

Robert Alan Mintzer (born January 27, 1953) is an American jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger, and big band leader.

Early life[edit]

Mintzer was born in New Rochelle, New York, on January 27, 1953.[1] He attended the Interlochen Arts Academy, California from 1969 to 1970, then was at the Hartt School of Music, Hartford, Connecticut for two years, before attending the Manhattan School of Music from 1972 to 1974.[1]

Later life and career[edit]

Early in his career, Mintzer played in various big bands, including those led by Buddy Rich (1975–77), Thad Jones and Mel Lewis (1977–79), and Sam Jones (1978–80).[1] While with Rich, he began writing big band music, and has since composed and arranged hundreds of pieces.[1] In 2008, Mintzer and his family moved to Los Angeles, where he joined the faculty of the University of Southern California.[2]

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • Papa Lips, (Explore, 1984)
  • Incredible Journey, (DMP, 1985)
  • Camouflage, (DMP, 1986)
  • Live at the Berlin Jazz Festival, (1987)
  • Spectrum, (DMP, 1988)
  • Urban Contours, (DMP, 1989)
  • Art of the Big Band, (DMP, 1991)
  • I Remember Jaco (Novus, 1992)
  • One Music, (DMP, 1991)
  • Departure, (DMP, 1993)
  • Only in New York, (DMP, 1994)
  • Twin Tenors (Novus, 1994)
  • The First Decade, (DMP, 1995)
  • Big Band Trane, (DMP, 1996)
  • Live, (1996)
  • Latin from Manhattan, (DMP, 1998)
  • Quality Time, (TVT, 1998)
  • Homage to Count Basie, (DMP, 2000)
  • Bop Boy (Explore, 2002)
  • Gently, (2003)
  • Live at MCG with Special Guest Kurt Elling, (MCG Jazz, 2004)
  • Hymn (Mesa, Blue Moon, Owl, Universal, 1992, 2006)
  • Old School: New Lessons featuring Kurt Elling, (Telarc/MCG Jazz, 2006))
  • Source (Explore, 1982, 2007)
  • Longing (EmArcy, Owl, Universal, Sunnyside, 2003, 2006, 2007)
  • In the Moment (Art of Life, 2007)
  • Universal Syncopations, Vol. 2 (ECM, 2007)
  • Swing Out, (Telarc/MCG Jazz, 2008)
  • La Vita e Bella (Abeat, 2009)
  • Canyon Cove, (2010)
  • The Hudson Project (Concord Midline/Stretch/Universal, 2011)
  • For the Moment, (MCG Jazz, 2012)
  • Get Up (MCG Jazz, 2015)
  • All L.A. Band (Fuzzy, 2016)[3]
  • Meeting of Minds with New York Voices (MCG Jazz, 2018)

As co-leader[edit]

With Peter Erskine, Darek Oleszkiewicz, Alan Pasqua

  • Standards 2: Movie Music (Fuzzy Music, 2010)

With Yellowjackets

  • Greenhouse, 1991
  • Live Wires, 1992
  • Like a River, 1993
  • Runferyerlife, 1994
  • Collection, 1995
  • Dreamland, 1995
  • Blue Hats, 1997
  • Club Nocturne, 1998
  • Priceless Jazz Collection, 1998
  • The Best of Yellowjackets, 1999
  • Mint Jam, 2002
  • Time Squared, 2003
  • Peace Round, 2003
  • Altered State, 2005
  • Twenty Five, 2006
  • Lifecyle featuring Mike Stern, 2008
  • Timeline, 2011
  • A Rise in the Road, 2013
  • Cohearance, 2016

As sideman[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Gilbert, Mark (2003), Mintzer, Bob (Robert Alan), Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press, retrieved December 1, 2018, (Subscription required (help))
  2. ^ Kelman, John (August 21, 2010). "Bob Mintzer: Canyon Cove". allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
  3. ^ "Bob Mintzer | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  4. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/queen-annes-revenge-mw0001531515/credits

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