BNY Mellon Jazz 2015 Living Legacy Awardee Gary Bartz

BNY Mellon Jazz 2015 Living Legacy Awardee Gary Bartz. Photo by Visual Champagne. All rights reserved.


Saxophonist and Educator Gary Bartz Named BNY Mellon Jazz 2015
Living Legacy Awardee

Award to be Presented Friday, October 16, 2015
at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts



Baltimore – June 2, 2015 – Saxophonist and educator Gary Bartz will be honored with the BNY Mellon Jazz 2015 Living Legacy Award in a special ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, October 16, 2015. The Award is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and is sponsored by BNY Mellon, the global leader in investment management and investment servicing. The BNY Mellon Jazz Living Legacy Award honors living jazz masters from the mid-Atlantic region who have achieved distinction in jazz performance and education.

The 2015 event will include a gala reception in the Kennedy Center Atrium, the award ceremony, and a performance featuring the BNY Mellon Jazz 2014 Living Legacy awardee Joanne Brackeen in the Kennedy Center Jazz Club.

“BNY Mellon is a strong supporter of the arts and recognizes the importance of jazz. We also recognize the importance of a true jazz master like Gary Bartz,” said Joannie Jaxtimer, co-head of Global Philanthropy. “The impact he has made with his many works and the lasting mark he has made on his students is immeasurable.”

Grammy Award winning artist Gary Bartz has been known to many as a trail blazer in the music business from the moment he started playing with Art Blakey at his father’s jazz club in his hometown of Baltimore, MD. Gary first went to New York in 1958 to attend The Julliard School of Music. In the mid-1960’s he began performing throughout NYC with the Max Roach/Abbey Lincoln Group and quickly established himself as the most promising alto voice since Cannonball Adderley. Stints with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Charles Mingus’ Workshop, McCoy Tyner, and Max Roach soon followed. In 1970, Bartz received a call from Miles Davis; work with the legendary horn player marked Gary’s first experience playing electric music. It also reaffirmed his yen for an even stronger connection to Coltrane. In addition to working with Miles in the early ’70s, Bartz was busy fronting his own NTU Troop ensemble. His career to date – he is still recording and touring – has resulted in more than 40 solo albums and over 200 as a guest artist. When Gary is not on the road, he is a professor in the Jazz Studies department of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He resides in New Jersey.

Previous BNY Mellon Living Legacy Award winners include Joanne Brackeen, Nathan Davis, Muhal Richard Abrams, Phil Woods, Roy Haynes, Dr. Frank Foster, Kenny Barron, Benny Golson, Oliver Lake, Rufus Reid, Randy Weston, Keter Betts, Jimmy Heath, Joe Kennedy, Jr., Shirley Scott, Reggie Workman, Dr. Donald Byrd, Larry Ridley, Barry Harris, Robert “Boysie” Lowery, and Clark Terry. A Millennium Award was conferred on Dr. Billy Taylor in 2000.

For more information on the BNY Mellon Jazz Living Legacy Award and the 2015 event, please click here.

This program is made possible through a collaboration with the Kennedy Center Education Department.

About BNY MellonĀ 
BNY Mellon is a global investments company dedicated to helping its clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle. Whether providing financial services for institutions, corporations or individual investors, BNY Mellon delivers informed investment management and investment services in 35 countries and more than 100 markets. As of March 31, 2015, BNY Mellon had $28.5 trillion in assets under custody and/or administration, and $1.7 trillion in assets under management. BNY Mellon can act as a single point of contact for clients looking to create, trade, hold, manage, service, distribute or restructure investments. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK). Additional information is available on, or follow us on Twitter @BNYMellon.

About Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
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