Bob Mintzer leads several musical lives that, at times, seem humanly impossible for one person to sustain. As a 20 year member of the Grammy® Award winning Yellowjackets, Mintzer also leads his own Grammy® Award winning Bob Mintzer Big Band and is the recipient of the Buzz McCoy endowed chair of jazz studies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Having written over 200 big band arrangements, he honed his writing and playing skills in the bands of Tito Puente, Buddy Rich, Art Blakey, Jaco Pastorius and Gil Evans.
Mintzer will perform as a guest soloist with the PDX Jazz All Star Student Big Band and the PDX Jazz All Star Educators Ensemble lead by Darrell Grant. This education outreach event began in 2011 with Charles McPherson and last year was Gerald Wilson’s turn. This one night only program features the compositions and arrangements of the guest soloist.
“He knows how to make it feel good, how to arouse,
to tickle and when to let it go.” – JazzTimes