Gary Smulyan - Bio

Gary Smulyan
Baritone Saxophone


Winner of the 2017 Jazz Times Expanded Critics Poll for Baritone Saxophone!

Baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan was born in Bethpage, New York. The gifted multi-instrumentalist started his music career by first learning alto saxophone during his teenage years on Long Island. Today he is critically acclaimed across-the-board and recognized as the major voice on the baritone saxophone. His playing is marked by an aggressive rhythmic sense, an intelligent and creative harmonic approach — and perhaps most importantly – a strong and incisive wit. During his career Smulyan has shared the stage and the recording studio with a stunning potpourri of luminaries including: trumpeters Freddie Hubbard and Dizzy Gillespie, saxophonist Stan Getz, pianist Chick Corea, Timbales King Tito Puente, and R&B/Blues and soul icons Ray Charles, B.B. King, Diana Ross and others.