Tony Barba is a recent addition to Chicago after living in New York City for the last decade. Graduating in 2001 from the NYU jazz department, Barba studied saxophone with such notables as George Garzone and Ralph Lalama. SInce then, Tony has performed in the United States, Europe, Canada, Asia and Africa with such artists as Andrew Hill, Josh Ritter, Escort, Tony Malaby, Ben Monder, David Murray, Angelica Sanchez, Al Vizutti, Tony Scherr, Steven Bernstein, Ellery Eskelin, Shane Endsley, the Violent Femmes, Pete Yorn, Antibalis, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. From 2001 until 2010, Tony led and self-released two albums with his funk band the Barbarian Horde, which featured many of Brooklyn's finest musicians. Tony made the move from New York City to Chicago in the fall of 2010 and has been making a steady impact on the city's music scene ever since. He can currently be heard performing with The Youngblood Brass Band, the Brooklyn Qawwali Party, W.W. Lowman, the B.S. Brass Band and Donovan Mixon's Hybrid Project. Tony is also the leader of his own trio which is releasing it's first full length album Facetime in May of 2012 on Layered Records.
Saxist Tony Barba heads up a butt-kicking trio with bassist Patrick Mulcahy and drummer Conor Elmes. As heard on the new Facetime full-length, the band welds free-jazzy abandon to a massive (and massively funky) rock-inspired low end. Three sophisticated local groove purveyors set the stage.
-TimeOut, NYC 6/2012
The tenor saxophonist Tony Barba emanates an amiable extroversion in his music, drawing on a world of sources.
-Nate Chinen, NY Times 1/2009