Jeff Barone

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Primary Instrument: Guitar

Born: April 2, 1970    

An impressive young guitarist, Jeff Barone has developed a strong reputation with his recordings (Crazy Talk and Open Up), live performances, and record producing. His playing invigorates the modern mainstream of jazz, swinging hard while looking forward.

He was born in Syracuse, New York and remembers, “Early on I heard a Joe Pass recording, Virtuoso. I had a cousin who owned a music store and, when I was eight, my parents gave me a guitar for Christmas. That is how it all started.” Exposed to jazz by an uncle who was a bassist and a cousin who played jazz piano, he developed quickly. At 16, Jeff was working in local jazz clubs and being hired to play with touring shows that visited Syracuse. He also performed with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and worked with singer Al Martino under the direction of Tony Riposo. “By the time I was in high school, my life revolved around guitar and music, so it was a natural transition for me to become a professional musician.”...
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“……Open Up is uptown jazz at it's best. The CD matches technique and Barone's smokin' instro jazz guitar improvisational skills.” Robert Silverstein, 20th Century Guitar Magazine

“…..One of the most listenable and accessible CDs of this decade.” “This is a guitarist on the rise.” Eric Shoaf, Vintage Guitar Magazine “NYC-based guitarist Jeff Barone will make new fans with this wide- ranging, imaginative release.: Zan Stewart,

“ …..Barone sounds comfortable in his own skin, rolling out a series of potent, tasty bop phrases that fit the groove like well-worn gloves, saying more in a few droplets of notes than many others could say with tsunamis of sound. Plus he definitely swings, with flawless timing and a strong, precise attack.” -Bill Barnes,

“Jeff Barone’s new CD Open Up is a collection of eleven tunes (with one alternate take) comprised of finely crafted original compositions, virtuoso jazz guitar performance, musically tight ensemble work and creative improvisation.” “For fans of superb jazz guitar, super tight ensemble, inventive improvisation and catchy tunes and arrangements Jeff Barone’s Open Up would be a most welcome addition to any jazz aficionado’s collection.” -Craig W. Hurst,

“Barone’s ability marks him in the elite class of contemporary jazz guitarists….” -Susan Frances,

“Barone and company provide a great mix of moods and this CD comes highly recommended. “ - Jeff Krow , Audiophile Audition

“Jeff Barone has a clear vision of the Past, as he looks to the Future! “ --Justin Dicioccio

“New York-based guitarist and composer Jeff Barone follows up his 2003 debut (“Crazy Talk”) with a barnburner of a recording featuring masterful play on the strings and wonderful musical support.” “Open Up” is one album that will not disappoint you.” -- Edward Blanco,

“Jeff’s playing is technically masterful with a sound that comes right from the heart, with improvisations that are unique and emotionally satisfying.” -Jack Wilkins, Guitarist

“Crazy Talk is a solid mainstream jazz project with no weak spots. 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.” --Charles Chapman, Just Jazz Guitar Magazine

“Jeff is one of New York’s best kept secrets.” -Reuben Wilson, Jazz Organist/Composer

“Barone is a powerhouse on guitar with the passion of Django Reinhardt, the “go for broke” attitude of Brian Setzer…….” “Barone’s style embodies a confident and skillful player with a guitar tone that “snaps, crackles and pops” under the weight of his lines.” -Lyle Robinson, Jazz Guitar

“Jeff Barone is a real comer, and his debut recording Crazy Talk shows him to be an exceptionally fluent jazz guitarist with a great sense of swing and a tart, expressive sound all his own.” -Chip Stern, Jazz Critic

“I heartily recommend catching guitarist Jeff Barone and his band. His funky, clean guitar lines and varied set list of originals and delightful standards are engaging , accessible and inspired.” -Michael Fitzell, Westchester Magazine

“On Crazy Talk, New York-based Jeff Barone unleashes his aggressive, in your face improvisational approach to mainstream jazz on tunes like “In a Sentimental Mood, “You Must Believe in Spring” and “Who Can I Turn To?” -Jim Ferguson, JazzTimes

“Jeff Barone’s CD Crazy Talk is a must have. He puts on a veritable clinic in great jazz guitar playing on this recording. For the general jazz listener and aficionado, Crazy Talk would be a most welcome addition to any jazz CD collection and one that will be played often.” -Jazz

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