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HARTOG JIM (NL)



Composer, arranger, and master of the baritone saxophone, California native Jim Hartog is a vital, enthusiastic musician with a broad knowledge of the rich jazz tradition from which he draws. Hartog received his B.A. in history from Grinnell College in 1971 before attending the New England Conservatory, where he graduated in 1980.

A longtime collaborator with mentor Jaki Byard, with whom he played for more than ten years (´71-´81), Hartog has worked with musicians as diverse as Tom Varner (´79-´83), Karl Berger (´82), and the Wayne Horvitz/Bobby Previte ensemble (´87). Hartog really came to prominence for his work with the 29th Street Saxophone Quartet, a group he co-founded in ´83 and anchors to this day. Along with occasional freelance work with Tito Puente, Candido, and Bob Belden, Hartog has also led his own groups and recorded as a leader for Planet X and New Note.