Arthur Barron, jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer, bandleader, recording artist and music educator, is a seasoned musician with a sound of his own. Influenced by both hard-bop and rhythm & blues, he is known for his passionate playing, powerful technique and eclectic flare for musical styles. Barron stands by the conviction of not playing anything of anyone’s verbatim and not falling into the custom of playing the same thing repeatedly; he never stops being himself one hundred percent of the time.
Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, 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 Joe Henderson and Dave Liebman along with mentoring from Pharaoh Sanders.
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 either live or in the studio with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Dave Liebman, Melton Mustafa, Mac Gollehon, Tim Horner, Steven Bernstein, Vernon Reid, Melvin Gibbs, Jerome Harris, Steve Neil, Delmar Brown, Mike Gerber, Jim Gasior, Nicole Yarling, John Yarling, Jonathan Joseph, Tim Horner, Randy Bernsen, Othello Molineaux, Abel Pabon, Hilton Ruiz, Jerry Gonzalez, Mario Rivera, Phoenix Rivera, Papo Vasquez, Steve Berrios, Oscar Salas, Archie Pena, Andrea Brachfeld, Gabriel Vivas, Nestor Torres, Carlos ‘Patato’ Valdez and Mongo Santamaria, among many others. He has also appeared with the Melton Mustafa Orchestra and was as a featured soloist with the Poppa E blues band.
Barron is currently the bandleader of The Miami Jazz Project, an all-star ensemble of musicians performing a repertoire of mainstream jazz, blues, Latin jazz and original compositions from Barron’s CD releases. His main recordings to date have been The Miami Jazz Project on ZoHo Music label, Afro Blue Band Impressions on Milestone Records (Grammy nominated), and Dragon Rose Records releases Late Nite Time, From The Archives, Footprints and Soul Messenger CD’s.
Barron has taught jazz courses at the University of Miami and Florida International University; Artist-In-Residence with Arts For Learning Jazz in the Americas program conducting music workshops for Miami-Dade County Public Middle and High Schools; taught Art of Improvisation clinics and saxophone lessons at Miami Dade College Kendall Campus,
and received an Honorarium for performances with the MDC Honors Jazz Band. He is available for private tenor saxophone and flute lessons.
Barron is the host of Jazz After Dark radio show on 88.9 FM WDNA/Miami, a professional Tai Chi instructor, and accomplished visual artist.