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Baron, Piotr (Piotr Milwiw-Baron)

Baron, Piotr [Piotr Milwiw-Baron], saxophone; b. Wroclaw, Poland, 5 January 1961. His parents were Marlena Milwiw (b. September 22, 1931), an actress, and Adam Baron (b. September 24, 1924-d. March 17, 1977), a medical doctor and poet. Piotr has three children born in Wroclaw, Poland, Adam (b. October 20, 1981), jazz trumpet player, Aleksander (b. December 13, 1983), a rock guitarist and Maria (b. July 14, 2003).

Piotr was self-taught as a jazz player. In 1978, he was awarded as a young (17) talent at the Jazz nad Odr festival. At the same festival in 1980, he was awarded 2nd prize. In 1983 he won the Grand Prix at the San Sebastian Jazz Aldia festival. He soon started performing with leading Polish artists Zbigniew Lewandowski, Jan Ptaszyn Wrblewski, Jarek Zmietana (a number of recordings), Zbigniew Namyslowski, Henryk Majewski, Tomasz Stanko etc.

He's spent a long time in the field as a lecturer and a teacher of jazz and blues saxophone, running his own educational program at almost every workshop in Poland and many abroad. Since 1998, he was the teacher of a saxophone class at the Private Jazz and Pop Music School in WrocBaw. Once a week Baron has his own radio program, Jazz Baba Ryba  (Polskie Radio Wroclaw 102.3 MHz fm). Very often, he's invited by bands from abroad as a sideman and successfully tours with his own quartet all around Europe as well. He has appeared with Ray Charles, Art Farmer, David Friesen, Harvie S, Francesca Tanksley, Jasper Vant Hof, Bo Stief, and many others.

Since 2000 he is an endorser of Henri Selmer Paris, and since 2001, he has endorsed SDSystems as well.

Recorded more than 60 LPs and CDs as a sideman and 5 of his own (Take One, Tango, Blue Rain, Bogurodzica, Reference).

Author of the books Technics of Saxophone ( Techniczna szkoBa na saksofon ) and  Jazz studies for a saxophone (Etiudy jazzowe na saksofon ).

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