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Gary Bartz
Pure and Simple

This will be a half-hour documentary on a saxophonist who has maintained the cultural continuity of “The Music” through his devotion to Charlie Parker, one of the most important jazz musicians in history, and to “old school” jazz, while becoming a legend in his own right.

Shot during a time span of over sixteen years, this project will offer an intimate window on the arc of a musician’s career and of a music genre.

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This Grammy winning musician, with 30 recordings as leader and more than 100 as a guest artist, started his studies at Juilliard at 17. While still in his early twenties, Bartz worked with Max Roach, and later with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, McCoy Tyner, and Miles Davis, among many others. By the late 1960s, he was fronting his own band, NTU Troop, and by the late 70s he was also working in a Los Angeles studio. Fans and reviewers rave about his discography, which includes concept albums some call “decades ahead of their time.” Pure and Simple will be condensed from more than 80 hours of coverage ranging from “reality” films of family life to interviews with family and band members, and Bartz himself, and footage of numerous performances in the U.S. and Paris.