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Jazz Fest Features Saxophonist Bob Mintzer

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May 9, 2006 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Grammy Award-nominated jazz arranger and legendary saxophonist Bob Mintzer will bring his signature style, merging tradition and modernism, to Northwestern University for the annual Jazz Fest at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20.

Mintzer will be the featured guest artist in performances with Northwestern's Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Band and various jazz combos during a program that will be held at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, on the University's Evanston campus.

Mintzer's collaborations with jazz greats Buddy Rich, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Art Blakey and Tito Puente and session work for James Taylor, Queen and Aretha Franklin helped to hone his skills as a musician and arranger. With its easy to recognize writing style, his music is played on jazz radio and in universities, high schools and jazz venues in the United States and abroad.

He has performed with the renowned Yellowjackets contemporary jazz group for more than a decade. He also leads his own big band and jazz quartet. His solo, big band and Yellowjackets recordings have received 13 Grammy nominations.

A tenor and soprano saxophonist, he also plays flute and clarinet. Mintzer has been performing, composing and arranging music for more than two decades, and teaches saxophone at the Manhattan School of Music in New York. For more information on Mintzer, visit <www.bobmintzer.com>.

Tickets are $10 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students. To order tickets call (847) 467-4000 or visit the Pick-Staiger Web site at www.pickstaiger.com.

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