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The Forum at Columbia University
601 W. 125th St., New York, NY 10027
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The Forum, located on the corner of 125th Street and Broadway, is a unique community gathering space that serves as the gateway to Columbia University's developing Manhattanville campus. Open to the entire university as well as the local New York City community, The Forum is a multi-use venue that houses a state-of-the-art auditorium, meeting and event spaces, and communal work areas.


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Apr 27 2024


Doors open at 7:00
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Formats (virtual, in person, hybrid)


Live in Concert: Bob Mintzer with LAJPP Ensembles

The Forum is pleased to partner with the Music Performance Program to present multi-instrumentalist Bob Mintzer live in concert with ensembles from Columbia University’s Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program.

  • Doors open: 7:00 PM
  • Concert begins: 7:30 PM
  • Please register in advance. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is reached.

About Bob Mintzer

Bob Mintzer is a New York-born saxophonist, woodwind specialist, composer/arranger, and educator. He formed a connection to music at a very early age, primarily through playing piano by ear, and later moving on to guitar, clarinet, drums, and eventually saxophone. Bob attended the Hartt School of music and the Manhattan School of Music, where he was a longtime faculty member. After school, Bob joined the Tito Puente Orchestra and toured with Eumir Deodato as well as the Buddy Rich band and the Jaco Pastorius Word of Mouth band.

In 1983 Bob started his big band in NYC which consisted of many of the finest musicians in town (Michael and Randy Brecker, Marvin Stamm, Lou Soloff, Barry Rogers, Dave Taylor, Don Grolnick, Will Lee, Peter Erskine, Roger Rosenberg). The band performed in clubs around the city and recorded a number of albums, which led to 4 Grammy nominations including one win.

In 1990 Bob joined the Yellowjackets in Los Angeles to record a project for the GRP label called Greenhouse. This encounter started a 30 year relationship that continues to this day. The band has recorded some 16 projects in this time period with 12 Grammy nominations.

In 2008, Bob accepted the Barbara and Buzz McCoy endowed chair position in the Thornton School of Music Jazz program. And, in 2016 Bob was asked to be the chief conductor of the WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany. He currently holds that position.