Faculty & Staff
By the time Grammy® Award winner Gary Smulyan was 16, he had sat in Sonny's Place, a jazz club in Seaford, NY, with Zoot Sims, Lee Konitz, Jimmy Knepper, Ray Nance, and Chet Baker. After studies at the State University of New York-Potsdam and Hofstra University, Smulyan joined Woody Herman's Young Thundering Herd.
Smulyan has worked with the Mingus Big Band, Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Louie Bellson, George Coleman, Benny Green, Lionel Hampton, Tom Harrell, Gene Harris, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Mel Lewis, Machito, Kevin Mahogany, the Philip Morris Superband, Tito Puente, Red Rodney, Don Sickler, and Clark Terry. His 10 CDs as leader include tributes to Pepper Adams and Frankie Laine, plus recordings with a quartet, nonet and strings.
Smulyan performs with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Joe Lovano Nonet, the Dave Holland Octet and Big Band, the Three Baritone Saxophone Band, the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band, and the Tom Harrell Octet, as well as on his own projects. He works in universities, clinics, workshops, and festivals such as the Amherst Jazz Fest, NCCU Jazz Festival, Jazz Port Townsend, Litchfield Jazz Festival (Artist-in-Residence), and many others.