Susanne Alt
Susanne Alt

Presenting Saxify musicians - Gary Winters

He plays trumpet and/or flugelhorn on all tracks of “Saxify”.

I met Gary Winters in 2009 when I was playing a few concerts with Fred Wesley & The New J.B.’s in Europe. Fred’s saxophone player Ernie Fields jr. had to go back to the States for other performances, so they needed a sub and thy thought of me. I just released “On Track” featuring Fred Wesley. Performing with them was a great experience, the whole band consists of incredible musicians.

Gary is one of the most versatile trumpet players I know and a very down to earth person as well. Always really interested in music, always focusing on getting the best possible result. Whether it’s soloing or playing in the horn section, he’s the trumpet player you want in your team.
He was born in Dayton and lived in Wilder, Kentucky, both places are situated on the southern riverside of river Ohio which is just 10 minutes away from Cincinatti, Ohio.

During the last years he has been playing with Fred Wesley, Bootsy Collins and Pee Wee Ellis. Also, he has been spending a lot of time in Germany where he’s involved in several bands like “Fette Hupe” and “Tommy Schneller”.

Gary Winters performing with my band during Elbjazz Festival, Hamburg, in 2012.

Here’s what Gary writes about himself on his website:
“My goal has been and is to be a versatile trumpet/flugelhorn player and play many styles very well. I started playing professionally in nightclubs when I was 13 years old and am still pushing myself musically by accepting musically challenging offers. I have been fortunate to perform throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, Japan, Israel, Turkey, and Russia with many great artists. Whether playing in the lead chair, solos, or section, I adapt my style of playing to enhance the musical performance that I am placed. In addition to playing with many groups I am involved in recording sessions, arranging, as a musical contractor, and clinician for educational institutions. “ Visit his website

Gary Winters, Susanne Alt, Fred Wesley at Fendal Sound during the recordings of "Saxify".

By the way, in Dayton there’s a funk museum, The Funk Music Hall Of Fame & Exhibition Center.
A lot of great funk music comes from Dayton: Zapp & Roger Troutman, Ohio Players (with a.o. Junie Morrison), Sun, Slave, Faze-O.. and not to mention Cincinatti: Bootsy Collins, The Isley Brothers...

Susanne Alt & Band, Elbjazz (2012)

with Fred Wesley & The New J.B.'s in St. Nazaire, France (2009)

on 07/03/2017


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