This Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concert Series is sponsored by Jazz Bridge, a 501C3 nonprofit that assists local jazz and blues musicians in crisis.
The Cheltenham Neighborhood Concert series is partially supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.
George Barron is acclaimed for the warmth and high energy of his tenor and soprano saxophone playing, with a driving, passionate sound that runs the gambit from smooth to explosive.
With influences like Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt, Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane it is no wonder that he impressed New York Times Jazz Critic, John S. Wilson, who called him A very versatile and polished saxophonist. Nat Hentoff, noted writer and Jazz critic, went further to say that George Barron has never before been so commandingly, securely himself and yet so vital a part of the collective musical experience .... His fullness of sound, mastery of the whole instrument (both tenor and soprano) and rhythmic sweep should propel George Barron . . .into the front rank of contemporary saxophonists. Barron's saxophone virtuosity has won him positions as a featured soloist with bands led by Lonnie Liston Smith and Norman Connors. During a three year tenure with Smith, he performed and recorded along side artists such as Cecil McBee, Buster Williams, Stanley Clarke, Mtume and Al Foster. His warm lyrical tone can be heard on Smith's earlier Flying Dutchman recording Astral Traveling and his saxophone is also prominent on the subsequent album entitled Cosmic Funk. George's son Farid is an award-winning soloist, and is the pianist on the track titled Games and Toys from the Emanations CD. He fills the piano chair on George's previous CD Crossing the Rubicon in its entirety. He has performed with trumpeter Donald Byrd and he held the piano chair with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra for several years.
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