Gary Bartz (born September 26, 1940, Baltimore, Maryland) is an American alto and soprano saxophonist and clarinetist. Bartz' break into the music industry came when filling in with Art Blakey's band at Bartz' father's club in Baltimore. Bartz graduated from the Baltimore City College high school and The Juilliard School. He has worked with Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Max Roach, and Jackie McLean. His group the "Ntu Troop" combined soul, funk, the music of Africa, hard bop, and avant-garde jazz. His performances with Miles Davis represented one of the few times from 1969 to 1974 at which a saxophonist played a saxophone other than soprano saxophone. In the liner notes to his 1994 album The Red and Orange Poems, Jazz critic Stanley Crouch calls Bartz "one of the very best who has ever picked up the instrument". In 2005 he won a Grammy Award for playing on McCoy Tyner's album Illuminations.
He currently teaches at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music when not touring.
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