Welcome to the website of a man who leads several musical lives.
Saxophonist Bob Mintzer is a twenty six year member of the Grammy award winning Yellowjackets who also leads a Grammy winning Big Band, travels with his own Quartet, and plays with numerous bands globally.
Bob recently became the chief conductor of the WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany.
A respected educator, Bob is the recipient of the Buzz McCoy endowed chair of jazz studies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Based in Los Angeles, Bob continues to conduct clinics and workshops worldwide. He has also written nearly twenty books which are an important part of the curriculum of Jazz education worldwide.
Bob writes for orchestra, concert band and big band, with over three hundred charts to his credit. His big band music is performed by groups all over the planet. Bob honed his big band writing and playing skills in the bands of Tito Puente, Buddy Rich and Thad Jones-Mel Lewis.
He has also written works for the National Symphony Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra of the Netherlands. WDR Big band in Cologne, HR Big Band in Frankfurt, and was commissioned to write a piece for concert band and tenor sax ("Go") by a consortium of 50 universities.
As an instrumentalist Bob has worked with Art Blakey, Jaco Pastorius, Sam Jones, Randy Brecker, Gil Evans, the Yellowjackets, GRP All Star Big Band, Mike Manieri, and The New York Philharmonic, to name a few. He has done session work for James Taylor, Steve Winwood, Queen, Donald Fagan, Milton Nascimento, and countless others.
Sept 27, 2016 - New big band cd "All L.A. Band" out now. Signed copies available here.
Play along app of the music available at iTunes (mintzer essentials)
Jan 21, 2016 - Two new sax masterclass videos now available:
Jan 01, 2016 - It's here! Mintzer/Erskine big band play along app. Play along and record yourself. Totally cool! https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mintzer-big-band-essentials/id1061261675?mt=8
Oct 15, 2015 - New! Etude book from Alfred Music that takes you through 12 keys on a variety of chord qualities. http://www.alfred.com/Products/Playing-on-the-Changes--00-43721.aspx
June 10, 2015 - Video from the Get Up! sessions by Bret Primack on composition. Interviews of the musicians. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tudXCKuFw40
May 27, 2015 - Watch video from Get Up! cd sessions on the Oakland sound.
April 23, 2015 - Signed copies of new big band cd "Get Up!" available here:
May 12, 2012 - Follow me on Twitter
April 07, 2011 - Signed copies of Canyon Cove with Larry Goldings-organ Peter Erskine- drums, and Bob Mintzer-tenor sax, bass clarinet, and flute is available on the cd page.