Thurman Barker began his professional career at the young age of 16 playing for blues singer/guitarist Might Joe Young. Classically trained at the American Conservatory of Music his reputation as a drummer grew quickly. He has played for Billy Eckstein, MarvinGaye, Bette Midler and Vicki Carr. He was the house drummer at the Schubert Theatre in Chicago for 10 years where he played for national touring companies.
Barker is a charter member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, (AACM) an organization with which he continues his association to this day. He has recorded with Cecil Taylor, MuhalRichard Abrams, Amina Claudine Meyers, Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, Sam Rivers, Billy Bang, Joseph Jarman, and Henry Threadgill.
Read more articles