Bob Mintzer

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Bob Mintzer is an American jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger, and big band leader based in Los Angeles, California.

While touring with the Yellowjackets or his own quartet, or big band, Mintzer writes music for big band, various small bands, saxophone quartets, orchestral and concert band music. Mintzer is also on the faculty of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles with long-time cohorts Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua, Vince Mendoza, and fellow Yellowjacket Russell Ferrante. He teaches jazz composition, saxophone, directs the Thornton Jazz Orchestra, and conducts a jazz workshop class for incoming freshmen and sophomore jazz students. He also does workshops all over the globe, writes books on a variety of musical subjects, plays on countless recordings every year, and is summoned to be guest conductor and soloist with large and small bands all over the world.

Mintzer has played/recorded with a wide variety of artists ranging including Tito Puente, Buddy Rich, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band, James Taylor, New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, American Saxophone Quartet, Art Blakey, Donald Fagen, Bobby McFerrin, Nancy Wilson, Kurt Elling, Jaco Pastorius, Mike Mainieri, and Randy Brecker.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 Source Bob Mintzer 1
1984 Papa Lips Bob Mintzer Horn Man Band 1
1988 Spectrum Bob Mintzer 2
1989 Urban Contours Bob Mintzer 1
1991 Art of the Big Band Bob Mintzer 1
1991 I Remember Jaco Bob Mintzer, Michael Formanek, Jeff Andrews & Peter Erskine 1
1991 One Music Bob Mintzer 1
1991 Up Close Number 7 Bob Mintzer 1
1992 Hymn Bob Mintzer 1
1994 Twin Tenors Michael Brecker & Bob Mintzer 1
1997 Longing Bob Mintzer, Gil Goldstein 1
2000 The Hudson Project John Abercrombie, Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer & John Patitucci 1
2002 Bop Boy Bob Mintzer 1
2007 Seek and Find Kelly Eisenhour feat. Bob Mintzer 2
2008 The Body Acoustic Mintzer, Hidalgo, Gonzales, Chesky & Brecker 1
2013 Joged Kahyangan Dewa Budjana feat. Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer, Larry Goldings, Jimmy Johnson & Janis Siegel 3
Canyon Cove Bob Mintzer 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Live SWR Big Band featuring Bob Mintzer 1
2004 Live at MCG Bob Mintzer 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 14 Blues & Funk Etudes Bob Mintzer 1
14 Jazz and Funk Etudes Bob Mintzer 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Stepwise Ernie Hammes feat. Bob Mintzer & Lew Soloff 1

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