Learn How

Help improve All About Jazz

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. For $20, we'll hide those pesky Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

Bootsie Barnes

Premier jazz saxophonist Robert “Bootsie” Barnes has been proclaimed a Philadelphia treasure.

“Bootsie” began his musical career at age 6 on piano switching to drums at 10. His grandmother gave him a saxophone at age 19 and he knew he had found his niche. In school, classmates included drummers, Lex Humphries, Bill Cosby, Al “Tootie” Heath; bassist “Spanky” DeBrest, trumpeter Lee Morgan, and a host of Philadelphia giants who went on to help shape the maturing sound of jazz music. Those who had the biggest influence on him were his father, who played trumpet with Bill Doggett’s 16 piece big band, and his cousin Jimmy Hamilton, saxophonist and star clarinetist of Duke Ellington’s band for 26 years.

Read more

1 Photos

Discography

Videos

Premium Profiles

Chris Abelen Chris Abelen
trombone
Tommy Smith Tommy Smith
sax, tenor
Norman David Norman David
sax, soprano
Nicolas Bearde Nicolas Bearde
vocalist
Ingrid Nomad Ingrid Nomad
vocalist
Suzanne Grzanna Suzanne Grzanna
sax, alto
Dan Papirany Dan Papirany
piano
Kayle Brecher Kayle Brecher
vocalist
Ryan Blotnick Ryan Blotnick
guitar
Behn Gillece Behn Gillece
vibraphone
Fernanda Cunha Fernanda Cunha
vocalist
Phil Allen Phil Allen
trombone
Hilary Kole Hilary Kole
vocalist
Rob Reddy Rob Reddy
saxophone

Get Jazz Near You via email!

Enjoy the convenience of receiving a comprehensive listing of jazz events in your area every Thursday. It's free!