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Carl Bartlett, Jr.

Exciting and innovative artist, saxophonist Carl Bartlett, Jr. marked his arrival onto the jazz scene with the 2011 release of his Critically Acclaimed debut CD, “Hopeful”. He has since become one of the leading lights in the Straight-Ahead/Postbop/Contemporary Jazz world, as both a player and composer. “A tone that only the greats have the ability to attain” raves All About Jazz, accurately describes the newness, and profound sonic nature of Bartlett, Jr.’s brilliant, round alto sax sound, which, in fact, blends both alto and tenor sax timbres into one. Through his gift of producing a unique tone quality of such great catharsis, coupled with a vivid, modern musical creativeness (evident on his 6 original tunes from “Hopeful”), still firmly rooted in the rich jazz tradition, Carl’s distinct style evokes the gamut of emotions within his ever-growing fan base, leaving them feeling deeply inspired, and fulfilled, upon hearing his music. For this, he is celebrated by listening audiences, and leading music industry critics, alike.

Carl was born in July 1982, into a musical family, in Queens, New York City. His father, Carl Bartlett, Sr. and uncle, Charles Bartlett, formed an R&B/Latin show and dance band, “The Bartlett Contemporaries”, during the 60’s, later giving young Carl a tutorial on various melodies, harmonies and rhythms. At 14, the multi-talented Bartlett, Jr. took on the alto saxophone, which combined with his burgeoning love for jazz provided him with enough push to heed his calling, upon listening to a Brecker Brothers album his uncle brought over one Christmas Day. At the tender age of 19, Bartlett, Jr. formed his own jazz band and proceeded to make a name for himself playing gigs throughout the New York, tri-state area. A few years later, Carl graduated from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, earning a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Performance in ’04.

Indeed, Carl Bartlett, Jr. has seen an abundance of success, in what is a blossoming career. His debut album, “Hopeful”, received national/international radio airplay, while garnering Critical Acclaim and glowing reviews from top industry sources, such as JAZZIZ Magazine, Jazz Inside Magazine, All About Jazz, Audiophile Audition, The Aquarian Weekly, and more. Carl has been featured in Hot House Jazz Magazine and his original tune “Fidgety Season” was chosen for inclusion on The JAZZIZ Magazine Compilation Disc (Spring, 2013 Edition). His band, The Carl Bartlett, Jr. Quartet/Quintet is currently in the midst of touring the NYC/NJ music scene, performing at major jazz and cultural venues, such as The Kitano: JAZZ at KITANO, Smalls Jazz Club, Queens Botanical Garden, Sistas’ Place, The Record Collector, For My Sweet, and many more of today’s premier jazz hot spots. “This band is extraordinary because it taps into the philosophy of reaching diverse audiences while playing the straight-ahead/progressive jazz language,” says Carl. Saxophonist Carl Bartlett, Jr. has burst onto the scene with a monumental musical statement, and has earned the distinction as one of jazz’s special rising stars.