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2022.12.1 Jim Saltzman Composer Spotlight


December 2, 2022

Event Type

Composer Spotlight

Daniel Jamieson

Event Type Description

Composer Spotlights feature a Presenting Artist outlining compositional concepts contained within their own work by examining score & audio excerpts.


Character Manipulation in Through-Composed Works

About the Presenting Artists(s)

Jim Saltzman is a saxophonist, composer, and educator, who has been involved in the NYC jazz community for over twenty years. Hailed by the Boston Globe as a “postmodern jazz saxophonist” that “plays with passion and intensity” and All Music as a “force to be reckoned with”, his album “Hidden Intentions” was chosen as one of the “Top Ten Jazz CD’s of 2007” by the Boston Globe, and listed in the “Critics Picks, Top Jazz CD’s of 2007” by Jazz Times. Saltzman was a member of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop and was awarded the 2011 BMI Foundation Charlie Parker Composition Prize for his composition, “Road To Zion”. An emerging scholar, Saltzman has done extensive research in jazz history. His research includes the influence of Maurice Ravel on Billy Strayhorn, and the music of Warne Marsh, Lee Konitz, and Lennie Tristano. He was the music curator for “Fascinating Rhythms: Music of the Jazz Age” for the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum (2017). A passionate and dedicated educator, Saltzman is on faculty at Manhattan School of Music in the Precollege, undergraduate, and graduate Jazz Arts program.

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