Gary Bartz Quartet featuring George Cables
Gary Bartz, alto saxophone; George Cables, piano; James King, bass;
Greg Bandy, drums
Friday, July 18 | 8 pm | Dinkelspiel Auditorium
Tickets: $34 general | $17 students
By phone: 650.725.ARTS (2787); In Person: Stanford
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Presented in association with Jill
“Bartz, always an imposing
technician, who began his career in the 1960s with a ragged, edgy
attack and later attempted a Coltrane-like effusiveness, can now
summon Parker's burnished voice without sacrificing his own.” – Village
Alto saxophonist Gary Bartz and pianist George Cables have been at the
forefront of modern jazz for decades. Gary Bartz moved to New York in
1958 to study at the Juilliard School of Music. A student by day, Bartz
established himself by night as one of the most distinctive and exciting
new alto players on the scene, working with Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln,
Art Blakey, McCoy Tyner, and Charles Mingus. In 1970, he joined Miles
Davis’s electric band for a fruitful period that included the legendary
performance at the Isle of Wight Festival. Having learned from the best,
Bartz has led his own groups for four decades and has recorded dozens
of albums. George Cables, a New York native, emerged as one of the most
influential pianists in jazz in the 60’s and has stayed in high
demand ever since. Like so many top artists, he gained important early
experience with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Relocating to the
West Coast in the 1970’s, Cables has performed with Dexter Gordon,
Art Pepper, Woody Shaw, Joe Henderson and many more.
Supported in part by Jay Clemens &
Carolyn Seen; Lisa Friedman & Jim Harris
Q&A with Gary Bartz
What is the first recording you remember hearing as a child?
The first recording I remember listening to is “Saturday Night
Fry” by Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five.
Who is your favorite
jazz musician under the age of 30?
I don’t recognize the term jazz musician. There are lots of musicians
that I like, but I haven’t checked their id’s. I don’t
go by age.
What job would you have if you weren’t
a jazz musician?
I am not a jazz musician. You can call me a musician, a composer, a
sound scientist or what I like to refer to myself, a bluesman. I don’t
know what I would be if I didn’t play music.
What’s the strangest experience you’ve
ever had on the bandstand?
There are so many strange things that have happened on the bandstand.
Maybe ducking bullets from two dudes fighting.
What’s your favorite food?
I love Indian food.
What’s the most exotic place you’ve
traveled to as a musician?
Teheran, Isfahan and Shiraz, Iran.
What’s the last book you’ve
“Rat Race Blues”
If you could play with any other musician, living or dead
(with whom you have not played), who would it be and why?
Lester Young- because he is the bridge between swing and so-called
bebop and Thelonious Monk because I would like to see
what it felt like to play with his comping.
What’s your favorite tune?
That changes almost weekly.
This week it’s a song from my new
recording “Coltrane Rules-Tao Of A Music Warrior” called “ Tao
A Music Warrior”.
What’s your favorite thing
about being a Stanford jazz Faculty member?
Meeting and listening to the young musicians.
What’s your favorite jazz venue?
I don’t think in those terms. I do have some favorite venues.
are some beautiful theaters all over the world. In Spain, Italy, in
most countries. I don’t like so-called jazz clubs because they
not worthy of this great music, they are mostly holes in the wall and
young people usually can’t attend. That is not how to grow a
Who is your greatest musical influence?
Probably Charlie Parker.
If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have three
recordings with you, what would they be?
“Bird With Strings”, “Lady In Satin” and “Porgy
and Bess” by Miles
Davis & Gil Evans
How much do you practice each week?
Between 3 and 8 hours a day.
What hobbies do you have?
I like to paint and I like to sail.
If you could be any other type of artist other than a jazz musician,
what would you be and why?
Do you have a favorite music-related
joke (that can be told in mixed company!)?
No, not in mixed company.
When did you become interested in music, and what circumstances
or events led to your becoming a professional musician?
I heard Charlie Parker when I was 6 years old and decided that
whatever he was doing, that’s what I wanted to do.
If you were to describe your music as a color, what color would it
be and why?
The Rainbow, because I think music is related to the color spectrum
like the cycle of fifths. I am synesthetic, so I relate colors to all