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Arthur Barron, jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer, bandleader, recording artist and music educator, is known for his passionate playing, powerful technique and eclectic flare for musical styles. Born and raised in Boston, Barron received his music training at Berklee College of Music under Joe Viola, Director of Berklee's Woodwind Department, and went on to study with Dave Liebman, Joe Henderson and Pharoah Sanders.
After leaving Boston, Barron relocated to San Francisco where he made his professional stage debut with the Eddie Henderson & Julian Priester Band. He then traveled to the village of Port Lligat in Spain, woodshedding in a villa next to surrealistic painter Salvador Dali, before moving to New York City, where he became involved in the Loft Jazz avant garde movement and played the New York club scene with a number of jazz and fusion bands. After spending eight years in New York, Barron traveled to Hong Kong where he led a house band at The Jazz Club in the Lan Kwai Fong entertainment district. Following his tenure in Hong Kong, Barron made Miami his home base, where he has become a well-known member of the jazz musician community.
Barron has appeared with an array of stellar jazz and Latin jazz artists in a career that has spanned over three decades of eventful music. He has performed and recorded with Hilton Ruiz, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Dave Liebman, Melton Mustafa, Mac Gollehon, Steven Bernstein, Vernon Reid, Melvin Gibbs, Jerome Harris, Steve Neil, Pepe Aparico, Delmar Brown, Mike Gerber, Abel Papon, Nicole Yarling, Jerry Gonzalez, Mario Rivera, Papo Vasquez, Phoenix Rivera, Steve Berrios, Oscar Salas, Jonathan Joseph, Archie Pena, Patato Valdez and Mongo Santamaria, among many others. He currently leads the Miami Jazz Project, an all-star ensemble of South Florida musicians, performing original compositions penned by Barron and repertoire of mainstream jazz, blues and Latin jazz. His main recordings to date have been Impressions with the Afro Blue Band on Milestone Records (nominated for a Latin Jazz Grammy Award), and Dragon Rose Records releases Late Nite Time, From The Archives, Footprints and Soul Messenger.
In addition to his stage and recording work, Barron has taught jazz courses at the University of Miami and Florida International University, and was an Artist-In-Residence with Arts For Learning Jazz in the Americas program, conducting music workshops and clinics for Miami-Dade County Public Middle and High Schools. He has also received an Honorarium from Miami Dade College for his performances with the MDC Honors Jazz Band and Art of Improvisation clinic. Barron is currently a member of the faculty at Sobe Institute of the Arts where he teaches saxophone and flute.