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Barth, Bruce

Barth, Bruce, piano; b. Pasadena, CA, 7 September 1958. He started piano lessons at age five. He moved to Harrison, New York at the age of 10. As a teenager growing up in the New York area, he fell in love with jazz, and later studied privately with Norman Simmons, and with Jaki Byard and Fred Hersch at the New England Conservatory in Boston.

He gigged around Boston, then settled in Brooklyn in the fall of 1988.  Within a year he toured Europe with Vincent Herring, Japan with Nat Adderley, and began working with Stanley Turrentine. In 1990, he joined Terence Blanchard's quintet, touring extensively over the next four years. While in Blanchard's band, Barth recorded his first CDs as a leader. Both recordings were chosen by The New York Times for the top 10 lists in their respective years.

Barth left Blanchard's band in 1994 to concentrate on working with his own bands while continuing to freelance with many of jazz's finest musicians. He has had close, ongoing musical relationships with Steve Wilson, Sam Newsome, Leon Parker, Terell Stafford, Ugonna Okegwo, and Al Foster. He has also performed with Slide Hampton, Art Farmer, James Moody, Freddie Hubbard, Tom Harrell, John Patitucci, Josh Redman, Roy Hargrove, Branford Marsalis, Dave Stryker, Dick Oatts, David Sanchez, and the Mingus Big Band. Barth has also worked closely with several prominent singers, including Carla Cook, Dominique Eade, Luciana Souza, Kevin Mahogany, Laverne Butler, Rene Marie, and Vanessa Rubin. He has produced and arranged several recordings for the MAXJAZZ Label, receiving a grammy nomination for his work.

He has worked extensively as a leader of his own bands, with New York engagements at Sweet Basil, The Jazz Standard, and Bradley's, as well appearances in many of the major jazz cities of the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He has played on over fifty CDs. His trio made its Village Vanguard debut in February 2002.

Recordings:
In Focus; Morning Call; Don't Blame Me; Hope Springs Eternal; Somehow It's True; Eagles Fly; Jubilation; East and West

As sideperson:
Eddie Allen: Another's Point of View; Tim Armacost: The Wishing Well; Terence Blanchard: The Billy Holiday Songbook, Malcolm X Jazz Suite, Simply Stated, Terence Blanchard; Terence Blanchard & Nancy Wilson: Color and Light - Jazz Sketches on Sondheim; Terence Blanchard & Monte Croft: A Jazzy Wonderland; Laverne Butler:  Blues in the City, A Foolish Thing To Do; Royce Campbell: Tribute to Henry Mancini; Monte Croft: Survival of the Spirit; Steve Davis: The Jaunt; Dominique Eade: My Resistance is Low, The Long Way Home; Charles Fambrough: Upright Citizen; Bruce Gertz: Red-Handed, Shut Wide Open; Vincent Herring: American Experience; Ingrid Jensen: Vernal Fields; Randy Johnston: Jubilation; Donny McCaslin: Exile and Discovery; Sam Newsome: The Tender Side of Sammy Straighthorn; John Nugent: Taurus People, West of Flatbush; Dick Oatts: Simone's Dance; Dick Oatts & Dave Santoro: Meru; Orange Then Blue: Music for Jazz Orchestra, Where Were You?; John Patitucci: Communion; George Russell: So What, The African Game; Perico Sambeat: Some Other Spring, Jindungo; Dave Santoro: Standards Band; Greg Skaff: Blues and Other News; Luciana Souza: Poems of Elizabeth Bishop and Other Songs; Andy Statman: The Hidden Light; Dave Stryker: The Greeting, Blue to the Bone, Blue to the Bone II; Junko Sumi: Junko Sumi; Toots Thielmans: East Coast, West Coast; Jerry Weldon & Mike Karn: Head to Head; Scott Wendholt: From Now On, Through the Shadows; Steve Wilson: Passages, Four For Time, Blues For Marcus

Bibliography:
David Zych: HearSay. Bruce Barth - Personal Agenda, in: Jazz Times, 25/8 (Oct.1995)

Contact/Booking information:
emailtoBruce@aol.com
For North American Bookings:
Sandra A.Arnold -- Arnold Music Agency
sa_arnold@hotmail.com
For International Bookings:
Josep Ramon Jove -- Gest Productions
staff@satchmojazz.com

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