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Sax in the City

SAX IN THE CITY, a versatile New York City-based saxophone quartet, is comprised of four professional reed players who met while playing in the orchestras of various Broadway musicals. They formed the group to expand their musical horizons by doing what they love to do . . . make music. The unique sound of SAX IN THE CITY incorporates a wide range of music styles.

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra" opened the 12th Annual Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives concert series at the College's Mason Hall auditorium, 17 Lexington Avenue (23rd and Lexington) on November 6, 2003. (The Vanguard concert was funded by the Baruch College Performing Arts Center and The Baruch College Fund.) February 19, 2004 will feature the Ted Piltzecker Septet in the Vertical Campus Recital Hall. March 25, 2004, the Hinton series will present The Roberta Piket Trio with Billy Higgins (also in the Recital Hall).

The inaugural Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives concert in 1992 starred jazz bassist Milt Hinton himself together with his picks for an "All-Star" ensemble. This group consisted of Seldon Powell (saxophonist), Bob Rosengarden (Drums), Mike Walters (saxophone and woodwinds), Derek Smith (piano), Jay D'Amico (piano), Mike Grey (trombone), and John "Bucky" Pizzarelli (guitar). This magical first concert saw famed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis join the group during the second half.

The following year Tito Puente and his big band also played to a full house with some students and faculty dancing in the aisles. In 1994 the concert was billed as a "Tribute to Women in Jazz" and featured a performance by singer Ruth Brown and Friends and the group Straight Ahead. In 1995 trombonist extraordinaire Slide Hampton and the Big Band Bird filled the bill for the fourth annual concert.

In 1996 America's jazz statesman Dr. Billy Taylor and the Billy Taylor Trio graced the Baruch College stage. In 1997 Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band gave a performance that offered a unique blend of Latin and jazz traditions. The 1998 concert presented virtuoso drummer Sherrie Maricle and the Diva Big Band.

The world famous Mingus Big Band played at the 8th annual concert in 1999. The Bronx Horns, consisting of Tito Puente's brass section, together with Dave Valentin (flute) and Randy Brecker (trumpet), performed at the 9th annual concert in 2000. In 2001, The Heath Brothers ("Percy, Jimmy, and Tootie") with special guest Jimmy Owens, performed at the 10th annual concert.

In 2002 the Hinton Committee expanded its offerings with a series of concerts, including a November 6, 2002 concert featuring "The Latin-Jazz All Stars" with several world-renown Latin-jazz musicians: trumpeter/leader Michael Mossman, tenor saxophonist David Sanchez, trombonist Steve Turre, pianist Arturo O'Farrill, alto saxophonist Antonio Hart, bassist Andy Gonzalez, and percussionist Phoenix Rivera. The 2002-2003 season also featured the Marty Sheller Big Band, Chris Washburne's SYOTOS Latin-Jazz ensemble, and "Rumbamerica," an Afro-Cuban ensemble made up of some of New York's top Afro-Cuban drummers, singers, and dancers.

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