Wednesday, February 11, 2009


I've been waiting since for a new Gary Bartz album since seeing him live in 1999 or so at the Smithsonian's Baird Auditorium. Bartz's last proper release was 1999's stellar "Live at the Jazz Standard Vol. 1: Solstice" with the fabulous Australian pianist Barney McAll, bassist Kenny Davis and drummer Greg Bandy.

So Bret Primack, aka jazzvideoguy has posted an excellent video on Bartz in anticipation of a new record dedicated to Coltrane. Obviously, I'd wished for something original, but after almost a decade keeping a very low profile with extremely scant updates to his website, it's good to see Bartz back in the mix - especially on video. Thanks Bret!

If you're in any of these locales, go check out Gary with McCoy Tyner, his old buddy from the Milestone years.

19 guest W/ McCoy Tyner Trio - Penn State / University Park, PA
21 guest W/ McCoy Tyner Trio - SUNY Purchase / Purchase, NY
24-25 guest W/ McCoy Tyner Trio - Blue Note / New York, NY
27-28 guest W/ McCoy Tyner Trio - Regatta Bar / Boston, MA

MARCH 2009
26-28 masterclass, clinic & perf. - UNC-Wilmington / Wilmington, NC

APRIL 2009
4 guest W/ McCoy Tyner Trio - Berks Jazz Fest / Reading, PA
5 guest W/ McCoy Tyner Trio - Music Center at Strathmore / Bethesda, MD
30 guest W/ McCoy Tyner Trio - Orchestra Hall / Minneapolis, MN

MAY 2009
2 guest W/ McCoy Tyner Trio - Longwood Gardens / Kennett Square, PA