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
Barone's smokin' instro jazz guitar improvisational skills.”
Robert Silverstein, 20th Century Guitar
“…..One of the most listenable and accessible CDs of this
“This is a guitarist on the rise.”
Eric Shoaf, Vintage Guitar
“NYC-based guitarist Jeff Barone will make new fans with this
ranging, imaginative release.:
Zan Stewart, NJ.com
“ …..Barone sounds comfortable in his own skin, rolling out a
potent, tasty bop phrases that fit the groove like well-worn
more in a few droplets of notes than many others could say
with tsunamis of
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