Press Releases


Date Released: 11/7/2006

Grammy Award-winning composer, arranger and saxophonist extraordinaire Bob Mintzer joins the Purchase Jazz Orchestra in a concert entitled Triple Threat, November 27 at 7:30 PM at the Purchase College Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 914-251-6200 or visiting

Purchase College is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y.

The program includes Hello and Goodbye by Bob Brookmeyer; Touch by Jim McNeely; Tricotism by Oscar Pettiford, arranged by Dave Lalama; The Touch of Your Lips by Ray Noble, arranged by Michael Abene; and Salt Peanuts by John “Dizzy” Gillespie and Kenny Clarke, arranged by Mark Taylor. Mintzer joins the band for his arrangement of Eye of the Hurricane by Herbie Hancock, and his original tunes Not Quite Yet, Black Sand, Original People and Runferyerlife.

Bob Mintzer has been leading his own New York-based big band since the early 1980s, leads a jazz quartet, is a 15-year member of the Yellowjackets, and is active in music education.  He honed his skills playing and writing for Buddy Rich, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Art Blakey, Sam Jones, Jaco Pastorius, The GRP Big Band, Mike Manieri, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, and the New York Philharmonic. He also has done session work for James Taylor, Queen, Steve Winwood, Aretha Franklin, and countless others.  Mintzer has been nominated for thirteen Grammy awards for his solo work, big band recordings, and his work with the Yellowjackets.

Mintzer will host From Start to Finish: A Jazz Composer’s World, on November 13 at 7 PM in the Recital Hall of the Music Building at Purchase College.  The event is free and open to the public.

The 17-member Purchase Jazz Orchestra is directed by Grammy award-winner Todd Coolman, director of the Jazz Studies program at the Purchase College School of the Arts, Conservatory of Music. Coolman is one of the more in-demand bassists on the New York jazz scene today. He has performed and/or recorded with a virtual “who’s who” of jazz artists, including Horace Silver, Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, Benny Golson, Art Farmer, Tommy Flanagan, Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman and numerous others. Today, he is actively performing with an impressive array of artists, including James Moody, Ahmad Jamal, Slide Hampton, Jimmy Heath, Frank Wess and the Jon Faddis Orchestra.

The Purchase Jazz Orchestra features jazz students Andrew Gould, Evan Cobb, Sam Dillon, Joe Mayo and Bill Todd on saxophones, Brent Chiarello, Gordon Bartow, Kyle Pollard and Michael Forzano on trombones, Max Darche, Dylan Canterbury, Jonathan Saraga and Wayne Tucker on trumpets, John Fastiggi on piano, Sam Lester on guitar, Nate Allen on bass and Paul Francis on drums.