Artie Black is a saxophonist, composer, and educator based in Chicago. Originally from Butler, Pennsylvania, he was first inspired to pursue a career in music through lessons with Dr. Terry Steele, professor of saxophone at Slippery Rock University. Artie graduated with a degree in music education from Messiah College in 2010. At Messiah he was a winner of the Kuhlman Concerto competition and was selected as a recipient of the Presser Foundation award. He studied with pianist Kirk Reese and saxophonist Tim Warfield, and performed throughout the central Pennsylvania region with both.
After graduating from Messiah, Artie continued his studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, earning a Master's degree in Jazz Studies in 2012. He was also awarded the Performer's Certificate for excellence in recital performace. At Indiana, Artie studied saxophone with Tom Walsh and worked as an Associate Instructor with legendary jazz educator David Baker. He appeared on recordings with the IU Latin Jazz Ensemble, directed by Michalel Sprio, and as a part of a faculty Jazz Ensemble.
Artie moved to Chicago in 2012, where he quickly established himself as an important part of the creative music scene. He has appeared at the Chicago Jazz Festival, Hyde Park Jazz Festival and as a part of the Next Gen Jazz Series, and has played as a leader and sideman at The Green Mill, Andy's Jazz Club, Constellation, the Jazz Showcase and many other Chicago venues. Recent highlights include tours in Pennsylvania and Florida with Black Diamond, and a weekend at the Green Mill in Chicago with Matt Ulery's Loom Large. Check the events page for upcoming shows.
Recent recordings include Black Diamond's Mandala, which was recommended in Downbeat Magazine as "spirited and passionate throughout...the combination of the two tenors is extraordinary." Artie is also featured on drummer Gustavo Cortiñas's latest release ESSE, and was praised by the Chicago Jazz Magazine for his "yearning, expansive improvisation."
In addition to his passion for performance, Artie is fascinated by the learning and teaching process. He maintains a busy schedule of private saxophone instruction, and also joined the faculty of Wheaton College as an adjunct professor in Spring 2014. His goal as a teacher is to inspire his students to find joy through learning for themselves. Visit his blog and inspiration pages for more information.
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