Saxophonist Gary attended
the Juilliard Conservatory of Music and became a member
of Charles Mingus' Jazz Workshop from
1962-1964 where he worked with Eric Dolphy and was recognized
by McCoy Tyner. Gary began gigging as a sideman in the
mid-'60s with Abbey Lincoln and Max Roach, and later
as a member of Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers.
(See the video on the NOT SO EASY CD-ROM “You
Go To My Head” for additional information on Gary’s
tenure with the Jazz Messengers) His recording debut
was on Blakey's Soul Finger album.
Tyner formed his famed Expansions
band in 1968 with Bartz on alto. Additionally, in the
same year Gary formed his own band and recorded a trio
of albums for Milestone while continuing to tour with
Max Roach. In 1970, Miles Davis hired Bartz and featured
him as a soloist on his Live-Evil recording.
Gary has become one of the finest
alto players of his generation.