Bill Barron (musician)

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Bill Barron
Birth name William Barron, Jr.
Born (1927-03-27)March 27, 1927
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
Died September 21, 1989(1989-09-21) (aged 62)
Middletown, Connecticut, US
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, educator
Instruments Saxophone, clarinet
Associated acts Ted Curson, Cecil Taylor, Kenny Barron

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

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 leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Kenny Barron

With Cecil Taylor

With Philly Joe Jones

With Ted Curson

With Charles Mingus