In the jazz world, Bob Mintzer is a household name, usually associated with being a saxophonist, bass clarinetist, composer, arranger, leader of a Grammy winning big band, member of the Yellowjackets, and educator.
Bob has written over 200 big band arrangements spanning a 34-year career, many of which are performed all over the world by both student and pro bands. His own big band has been nominated for four Grammy awards and won a Grammy for best large jazz ensemble recording in 2001 with Homage to Count Basie on the DMP label. Bob has recorded 26 solo recordings with both big band and small jazz ensembles. He is an 18-year member of the Grammy award winning band Yellowjackets, and has recorded 12 CDs with them. Bob tours four months out of the year with the Jackets. He has published four jazz etude books, a solo transcription book, a saxophone method book, four saxophone quartets, close to 200 big band arrangements, and has composed several pieces for orchestra. His "Rhythm of the Americas" piece for sax quartet and orchestra (or concert band) was premiered in 2001 by the American Saxophone Quartet and the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. His Concertino for Tenor Saxophone, Strings and Winds was premiered in New York City by the St. Lukes Chamber Ensemble in 1992.
Bob has had a diverse career as a freelance musician in NYC. He has recorded with people like Steve Winwood, James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, and Queen. He's toured with Buddy Rich, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Jaco Pastorius, Tito Puente, and Eddie Palmieri. He's worked with the New York Philharmonic and American Ballet Theatre. Bob has been on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and recently joined the faculty of USC in Los Angeles. He performs 20 workshops at universities all over the globe annually.