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Hybrid Jazz From Trish Hennessey - with Legendary Gary Bartz!

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It would be both pleasure and honor to tell you SOME of my next guest's background.  Ain't nobody got time for ALL of it - we'd be here until next week!

We're talking about a Legend whose roots are in Baltimore.  See, Gary's Dad had a popular club in Charm City called The North End Lounge.  One night, while Gary was still very young, Art Blakey played there and his sax man was MIA.  Gary filled his spot and Art was impressed.  You can hear him on the1965 Jazz Messengers' album, "Soul Finger", Gary's first journey in recording.  

So long ago - but you ask Gary - and it will probably be like yesterday :)  He was in New York in 1958, watching creative juices flow from Jazz.  At Julliard, he was too young (17) to hit Birdland unless he had the money - and had to endure the "peanut gallery", sipping his Coca Colas.  Sometimes, he would help a drummer carry his kit - and SNEAK in!

Picking up the vibes of the city, he joined the workshops that Charlie Mingus conducted.  And practiced with Eric Dolphy. In that special decade (60's), he was playing with Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln.  Fellow artists were crashing at one another's lofts then, sharing food and expenses.  And ALWAYS the music, 24/7.

In 1968, Gary formed a frequent musical partnership with McCoy Tyner - culminating in a 2005 Grammy for "Illuminations." He also shared the stage with Miles Davis, reveled in session work with Norman Connors and Phyllis Hyman, and excelled as group leader - over 40 albums!  And over 200 as guest artist : Gary Bartz is considered a visionary. For his band, NTU Troop Ensemble, and WAY more.  Wait until you hear tracks from the new Heads of State CD with three OTHER Legends: Al Foster, Buster Williams, & Larry Willis - don't miss this "HJ!"

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