Bootsie Barnes

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Robert "Bootsie" Barnes is an American jazz tenor saxophonist from Philadelphia.

In the 1950s Barnes played with various musicians in Philadelphia, including Lee Morgan, Philly Joe Jones and Bill Cosby (then a drummer).[1]

During the 1960s he performed with various organists including Jimmy Smith and Don Patterson,[1] with whom he recorded in 1978.[2] In the 1980s he toured with Sonny Stitt.

He continued to play in his home town and recorded his album "You Leave Me Breathless!" in 1995.[3]


As a leader[edit]

  • Been Here All Along – Bootsie Barnes Quartet – Way After Midnight Records
  • Hello - Bootsie Barnes Quartet – French Riviera Records
  • You Leave Me Breathless – Bootsie Barnes Quartet – French Riviera Records
  • Boppin' Round the Center – Bootsie Barnes Quintet – Harvest Records

As a sideman[edit]

  • Looking Up – Cullen Knight – Reflection Records
  • Here to Create Music – Gamble/Huff – Philadelphia International
  • Why Not...Don Patterson (Muse, 1978)
  • The Saxophone Shop – The Odean Pope Saxophone Choir (Soul Note, 1985)
  • Epitome - Odean Pope Saxophone Choir (Soul Note, 1993)
  • Comin’ Home – Poppa John DeFrancesco – Muse Records
  • All in the Family - Poppa John & Joey DeFrancesco – Muse Records
  • Hip Cake Walk - Poppa John & Joey DeFrancesco – High Note
  • John Swana Quintet – Criss Cross Records
  • Philly Gumbo- Johns Swana - Criss Cross
  • Live at Ortlieb's- Various Artists - Encounter
  • Open the Gates- Kenny Gates
  • To Joe With Love- Juanita Holliday
  • I Got Up! - Chad Carter - JK Records
  • Shelf-Life - Uri Caine (Winter & Winter, 2005)


  1. ^ a b Henderson, Alex. "Robert "Bootsie" Barnes: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  2. ^ "Why Not". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  3. ^ Henderson, Alex. "You Leave Me Breathless: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 

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