Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Barash, Jeffrey (Samuel)
Barash, Jeffrey (Samuel), saxophone, clarinet, flute, educator; b. Los Angeles, CA, 5 July 1955. While he was an infant his family moved to Denver, CO. His mother (born Evelyn Marks, 1935) and father (born Jack Barash, 1924) and one brother and one sister (Steven, b. 1958; Karen, b. 1962) remain in Denver, Colorado.
Jeff had beginning clarinet lessons from about age 10-12 in the elementary school band program in Denver. A few years later he also began playing the saxophone, continued with the public school band programs, and took private lessons of study. One of his instructors was a famous Denver jazz saxophonist, Jim Romaine. In high school he develop his love and dedication to jazz. One of his alumnus at George Washington High School is the jazz vocalist Diane Reeves.
Jeff traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada as part of an All-Star Jazz Big Band Ensemble from Colorado to perform, where he was offered a full scholarship in music at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. He earned a Bachelor of Arts (1977) and Master of Music (1982)from UNLV. While at the University, he performed with the Jazz Ensemble as winners of the Montreux Jazz Festival, and participated in the Jazz Internship program placing apprentices out into the professional music entertainment industry on the famed Las Vegas Strip. His diploma studies were in dual areas of performance and education. Jeff is listed as an "Outstanding UNLV Music Graduate" and a member of "Who's Who in American Colleges and Universites."
He performed extensively on the woodwinds as a professional free-lance musician at various hotel orchestras in Las Vegas, Nevada from about 1976 through 1992. From 1977-1979, he was the 2nd Clarinetist in the Las Vegas Symphony. He also taught Jazz Bands and Concert Bands in the Clark County School District during the period from 1978 through 1992. As an educator, several of his school groups were award winning at prestigious Jazz and Concert Band festivals. He was the director of several school bands that were first-place winners at the Pomona California Jazz Festival and the Reno International Jazz Invitational. His Concert Bands consistently won Superior ratings at Festivals and several Solo and Ensemble groups received outstanding student group awards at various competitions. As an educator, he has also consistently provided private tutoring of woodwind students from beginner to professional throughout his career.
In September of 1993, he moved to the Los Angeles, California metropolitan area where he is currently active. He performs Jazz frequently with his Quartet at club venues in Southern California. He teaches Concert and Jazz Programs at the Moreno Valley Unified School District. In September 1993, the "Jeff Barash Jazz Trio" performed on the inaugural nationwide cable television broadcast of the "Jazz Discoveries" program on Black Entertainment Television (BET). In May of 2002, his personal studies and development as a music educator focused on obtaining new concepts for teaching music and culminated in receiving a "Multiple Intelligences Certificate" from the University of California at Riverside. In November of 2002, his jazz quartet was the headliner performance group at the 2002 San Bernadino Jazz Festival at the Roosevelt Bowl outdoor amphitheatre. In 2003-2004, Jeff is currently working on several new compositions, a new recording project, and a submission to the Hollywood Film industry for a movie score.
Some of the Jazz Venues he has performed at over the years are; North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreaux Jazz Festival, 101 Club in London, England, Blues Alley in Washington, D.C, Green Mill in Chicago, Illinois, El Chapultapec and Jazz Works in Denver, Colorado, Tender Trap and Colonial House in Las Vegas, Nevada, Steamer's in Los Angeles, CA, Jax in Glendale,CA and Croce's in San Diego, CA.
Some of the Jazz Greats he has performed with are: Louie Bellson, Joe Williams, Tony Bennett, Gene Harris, Charles McPherson, Monk Montgomery, Reggie Workman, Doc Severensen, Snooky Young, Cat Anderson, Bill Chase, Carl Fontana, Jake Hanna, Lou Levy, Harold Land, Don Menza, Joe Romano, and Joe Bonner. Other entertainers he has performed with include: Rita Moreno, Chita Rivera, Ginger Rogers, Bobby Gentry, The Mills Brothers, Debbie Reynolds, George Burns, Shecky Greene, Dean Martin, Barbara Mandrell, Tammy Wynette, Toni Tenille, Tony Orlando, Rich Little, Juliet Prowse, Bobby Rydell, The Marvelettes, Suzane Summers, Dione Warwick, Diahann Carroll, Vic Damone, Jack Jones, Robert Goulet, Milton Berle, Danny Thomas, Sid Ceasar, Nipsy Russell, Foster Brooks, Alan King, Charlie Callas, Joan Rivers, Louie Anderson, and the Checkmates.
He is currently active online and has a Jazz website that has had over 40,000 "listens" from people all over the world. The website has additional biographical information about musicians in his current quartet, and a current calendar of live events. His recorded performances of original compositions are broadcast extensively over numerous public business music networks. Live jazz radio broadcasts have included: Kunv (Las Vegas), Kuvo (Denver), Kjzz (Los Angeles) Reviews are in Jazz Magazines such as: All About Jazz; Cadence Magazine; LA Jazz Scene Magazine; Jazz Review
Bob Conti's Christmas Big Band CD (1999); Bouncin' on 160th Avenue (2001)
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