Joey Baron

Joey Baron

Baron with John Zorn, Barbican Centre, June 18, 2006
Background information
Birth name Bernard Josesph Baron
Born (1955-06-26) June 26, 1955
Richmond, Virginia, United States
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Jazz, avant garde jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1975–present
Labels JMT, Intuition, ECM, Tzadik, Elektra Nonesuch, CAM Jazz, DIW,
Associated acts Bill Frisell, John Zorn, Masada, Baron Down, Down Home Band
Joey Baron in Aarhus, Denmark (2014)
Photo Hreinn Gudlaugsson

Joey Baron (born June 26, 1955 in Richmond, Virginia) is an American avant-garde jazz drummer who plays frequently with Bill Frisell and John Zorn.

Musical career

Bernard Joseph Baron was born on June 26, 1955 in Richmond Virginia. When he was nine he started teaching himself how to play the drums. As a teenager he played in rock bands and dixieland jazz groups. After high school he spent a year at the Berklee College of Music. He moved to Los Angeles in the early 1970s and embarked on a professional career, playing with Carmen McRae and Al Jarreau. He worked as a freelance drummer and session musician with Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, and Hampton Hawes.[1]

In 1982 he moved to New York City and joined with Bill Frisell, with whom he would play often throughout his career. He also played in groups with Red Rodney, Fred Hersch, Enrico Pieranunzi, and Marc Johnson. Starting in the late 1980s, he became a bigger part of the avant-garde jazz scene when he played regularly at the Knitting Factory, recorded with singer Laurie Anderson, and began a long association with John Zorn. For several years he participated in Zorn's projects Naked City and Masada.[1]


As leader

As sideman

With John Abercrombie

With the Toshiko Akiyoshi

With Laurie Anderson

With Tim Berne

With David Bowie

With Uri Caine

With James Carter

With Anthony Coleman

With Dave Douglas

With Mark Feldman

With Bill Frisell

With Fred Frith

With Richard Galliano

With Jim Hall

  • These Rooms (Columbia, 1988)
  • Hemispheres (ArtistShare, 2008) with Bill Frisell
  • Conversations (ArtistShare, 2009)

With Fred Hersch

With Mark Johnson

With Haino Keiji

  • An Unclear Trial: More Than This (Avant, 1998)

With Steve Kuhn

With Joe Lovano

With Pat Martino

With Carmen McRae

With Gary Peacock

With Enrico Pieranunzi

  • New Lands (Timeless, 1984)
  • Deep Down (Soul Note, 1986)
  • Play Morricone (CAM Jazz, 2001)
  • Current Conditions (CamJazz, 2003)
  • Play Morricone 2 (CamJazz, 2003)
  • Ballads (CamJazz, 2006)
  • Live in Japan (CamJazz, 2007)
  • As Never Before (CamJazz, 2008)

With Hank Roberts

With Herb Robertson

With John Scofield

With John Taylor

  • Rosslyn (ECM, 2003)

With Toots Thielemans

  • Only Trust Your Heart (Concord, 1988)
  • Do Not Leave Me (Stash, 1989)

With Roseanna Vitro

With John Zorn



  1. 1 2 Kennedy, Gary (2002). Kernfeld, Barry, ed. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 1 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 145. ISBN 1-56159-284-6.

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