Gary Smulyan

Master of the baritone sax

A gifted multi-instrumentalist, Gary Smulyan first played alto saxophone before picking up the instrument he’s now famous for, the baritone saxophone. His playing is marked by an aggressive rhythmic sense, and an intelligent harmonic approach. In the early 80s, he moved to New York City to become part of the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, and eventually played with luminaries like Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Chick Corea, Tito Puente, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Diana Ross, and more. Today, the six-time Grammy award winner is a faculty member at Amherst College. To learn more about Gary Smulyan, visit

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