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George Barron @ Cheltenham Center for the Arts on March 7th

Published: 2012-02-23
George Barron Appearing at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts, 439 Ashbourne Rd, Cheltenham, PA on March 7th 2012 will be saxophonist George Barron
George Barron

saxophone
and his band, featuring pianist Farid Barron
Farid Barron

piano
, bassist Tyrone Brown
Tyrone Brown
Tyrone Brown
b.1940
bass
, and drummer Alan Nelson. One show: 7:30-9PM. Tickets: $10/$5 for students. No advance sales. Free Refreshments! For info: 215-517-8337.

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
George Barron

saxophone
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
Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
1923 - 1990
sax, tenor
, Sonny Stitt
Sonny Stitt
Sonny Stitt
1924 - 1982
saxophone
, Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins
b.1930
saxophone
and John Coltrane
John Coltrane
John Coltrane
1926 - 1967
saxophone
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
Lonnie Liston Smith
Lonnie Liston Smith
b.1940
organ, Hammond B3
and Norman Connors. During a three year tenure with Smith, he performed and recorded along side artists such as Cecil McBee
Cecil McBee
Cecil McBee
b.1935
bass, acoustic
, Buster Williams
Buster Williams
Buster Williams
b.1942
bass
, Stanley Clarke
Stanley Clarke
Stanley Clarke
b.1951
bass
, Mtume and Al Foster
Al Foster
Al Foster
b.1944
drums
. 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
Donald Byrd
Donald Byrd
1932 - 2013
trumpet
and he held the piano chair with Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis
b.1961
trumpet
and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra for several years.

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