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SJRCD1032 jeff barone/crazy talk





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Guitarist Jeff Barone has been a part of the New York City jazz scene for over a decade. He started in the jazz organ clubs of Harlem working with Jimmy “Preacher” Robins, Mel Davis, Seleno Clarke, Rahn Burton and a five year stint with groove/acid jazz legend Reuben Wilson. Jeff could also be found in a wide range of performances, from leading his own group at Birdland, sideman at Carnegie Hall or the JVC Festival, to a feature with the BMI Jazz Orchestra at Merkin Hall. Jeff also went on to perform with artists such as Bobby Watson, Joe Magnarelli, Bob Mintzer and Jimmy Lovelace. From the liner notes of his debut CD,“Crazy Talk”, Jack Wilkins states: “Jeff’s playing is technically masterful with a sound that comes right from the heart and improvisations that are unique and emotionally satisfying.” Reuben Wilson says,“Jeff is one of New York’s best kept secrets.”

 Jeff Barone received a Bachelor of Music Education from Ithaca College and went on to receive his Master of Music degree in Guitar from the Manhattan School of Music in 1995. In both schools he received scholarships for his abilities. While at Ithaca, Jeff studied classical guitar while keeping an active schedule performing in local jazz clubs. Jack Wilkins states, “Jeff’s accomplishments as a classical guitar player are extraordinary.” In regard to his jazz playing, Charles Chapman in Just Jazz Guitar Magazine and of The Berklee School of Music says,“You can tell Jeff has paid his dues listening to the masters, but he has his own full sound that instantly tells you it’s Jeff Barone.” Mr. Barone is on faculty at the Third Street Music Settlement and The Trevor Day Music Conservatory in Manhattan. 

 Jeff was born in Syracuse, N.Y. on April 2, 1970 and began playing guitar at the age of 8 years old. By the age of 16, Jeff was playing professionally in the upstate New York music scene ranging from working in jazz clubs, touring Broadway shows to even performing with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.     

Jeff’s CD “Crazy Talk” was recorded in New York City and was co-produced by world renown guitarist Jack Wilkins. Jeff recruited some of N.Y.’s finest players such as pianist, Ron Oswanski (Maynard Ferguson and Blood, Sweat and Tears); Bassist, Chris Berger (Herb Ellis and Maynard Ferguson); and Drummer, Joe Strasser (Etta Jones and Peter Bernstein). In addition there is a guest appearance by drummer extraordinaire Mike Clark (Herbie Hancock) and Jack Wilkins teams up with Jeff for a special duet.  Just Jazz Guitar Magazine says that, “Crazy Talk is a solid mainstream jazz project with no weak spots.”












String Jazz Artist Rosta

Gilles Clement | Royce Campbell | Adrian Ingram | John Pisano | Billy Bean | Jack Wilkins | Dennis Budimir | Lenny Breau | Gary Potter | Greg Clayton | Kymaera | Mike Magnelli | Byron Walls | Bluesplus | Rez Abbasi

Associates Program

(Now to include, from April 2003, Jazz Gems Records for non jazz guitar artists)

Our Associates Program has, so far, been a huge success and we are happy to listen to submissions from jazz guitarists who feel that they would benefit from the co-operative feel of the program and who may wish to join the world's leading jazz guitar label.


String Jazz Artist Rosta

Laurent Medelgi | Michael Coppola | Nick Page | Dave Askren | Ray Khalil | Steve Herberman | Jeff Barone | Tim Cummiskey | Maria Ewing | Jay Graydon | Branco Stoysin | Rick Hannah | Arik Shahar | Staffan William-Olsson | Rhonda Thomas


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