Throughout a performance career that has spanned 4 decades, guitarist Gary Wittner has delighted
audiences on 5 continents worldwide. He has represented the USA officially overseas on multiple occasions
as a Kennedy Center Jazz Ambassador, Fulbright Specialist and US Embassy Outreach Artist. Gary has
played for jazz audiences in major urban centers (New York City, Boston, Denver, London, Warsaw, Paris, St.
Petersburg, Capetown, Johannesburg); tribal royalty in Papua New Guinea and Fiji, Jazz royalty (Thelonious
Monk’s widow, Nellie). Gary has released 7 CDs as a leader, spanning a large variety of styles: New Orleans
Jazz, Blues/Folk Americana, Swing/Bop/Post Bop, Free Jazz and Latin music. An acknowledged authority on
the music and life of Jazz icon Thelonious Monk, Gary has presented lecture/concerts on this topic at many of
the world’s most well known music schools. His book, “Thelonious Monk for Guitar”, published in 1999, is still
informing guitar players around the world today. He has recorded Monk’s compositions on 6 of his 7 CDs,
and has performed Monk’s music with Clark Terry, Howard Johnson, Christian McBride, Eddie Gomez,
Richard Davis, James Emery, Reggie Workman, et. al. Most recently, Gary has been writing original jazz
tunes with lyrics and singing. Gary’s vocal tunes have been described as “Jazz Cabaret” - combining witty,
insightful, heartfelt lyrics with complex Post-Bop harmonies. Audiences and musicians alike have been
entertained by Gary’s vocal tunes here in the USA, as well as in S. America, Europe and Africa.
Joining Gary for this concert at the Muse Performance Space will be bassist Bill McCrossen, one of the
premier jazz bassists in the Rocky Mountain region.