Bill Barron (musician)

William Barron, Jr. (March 27, 1927 – September 21, 1989)[1] was an American jazz tenor and soprano saxophonist.[1]

Bill Barron
Birth nameWilliam Barron, Jr.
Born(1927-03-27)March 27, 1927
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
DiedSeptember 21, 1989(1989-09-21) (aged 62)
Middletown, Connecticut, US
Occupation(s)Musician, educator
InstrumentsSaxophone, clarinet

Barron was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1] He first appeared on a Cecil Taylor recording in 1959, and he later recorded extensively with Philly Joe Jones and co-led a post-bop quartet with Ted Curson. His younger brother, pianist Kenny Barron, appeared on all of the sessions that the elder Barron led.[1][2] Other musicians he recorded with included Charles Mingus and Ollie Shearer.

Barron also directed a jazz workshop at the Children's Museum in Brooklyn, taught at City College of New York, and became the chairman of the music department at Wesleyan University.[1] He recorded for Savoy, recording that label's last jazz record in 1972,[1] and Muse. The Bill Barron Collection is housed at the Institute of Jazz Studies of the Rutgers University libraries.[3]

Barron died in Middletown, Connecticut.[1]


As leaderEdit

As sidemanEdit

With Ted Curson

With Charlie Mingus

  • Pre-Bird (Mercury, 1961)
  • Jazz Makers (Mercury, 1963)
  • Mingus Revisited (Limelight, 1965)
  • Take the A Train (Back Up, 2006)

With others


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Yanow, Scott. Bill Barron at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  2. ^ "Jazz". Archived from the original on 2012-02-18. Retrieved 2009-10-06.
  3. ^ "The William "Bill" Barron (1927 – 1989) Collection" (PDF).

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