Gary Barone's Organ Quintet
In summer, 2010, the American trumpet player Gary Barone formed a new jazz quintet with which he could express his musical concepts. He had composed new songs, and made the effort to find world-class musicians that could interpret them.
- The music of the new quintet is a blend of mainstream and neo-bebop jazz, influenced by blues and Latin American rhythms.
- The instrumentation is organ duo plus three horns. The horn combination of either alto, tenor, or soprano sax, along with trumpet results in unique shadings of tone colors.
- The atmospheric spectrum is wide, and stretches from "cooking" bebop and Latin-jazz to blues and funk - from simple melodies to highly complex improvisation.
- The main purpose is to enable as much individual creative expression as possible in an organized group setting, and to allow the listener to take part in and identify with the music.
Gary Barone: trumpet
Born 1941 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A. Began playing trumpet at age 6, started playing professionally at 14.
Lived 20 years in Los Angeles, where he was a soloist with Shelly Manne, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Sergio Mendes, Robby Krieger, Canned Heat, Frank Zappa et. al.
Gary’s TV and movie work included recording with composers Henry Mancini, Lalo Schifrin, Dave Gruisin, Michel Legrand and John Williams.
Gary moved to Portland, Oregon in 1986. There he linked up the bassist David Friesen, with whom he later made four CDs and toured Europe.
In 1995, Gary was invited to the Jazz & Rock Schule Freiburg as "Artist in Residence." Since living in Freiburg, he has performed with Jiggs Whigham, Waldi Heidepriem, Christof Lauer, Tony Lakatos and Albert Mangelsdorf, and has recorded four of his own CDs.
Gary currently teaches at the Jazz & Rock Schulen Freiburg, conducts the Gary Barone BigBand, and holds improvisation workshops.
Thomas Bauser: Hammond B 3 Organ
Born 1965 in Wehingen/Baden-Württemberg.
Since 1997, he has played with, Alex Sipiagin, Peter O`mara, David Friesen, Axel Fischbacher, Michael Heitzler, Norbert Gottschalk, Cecile Verny, et. al.
In Freiburg, he established the "Hammond Jazz Night," where he often appears with Gary Barone.
Tom Timmler: tenor & soprano sax
Born 1960. Graduate of the Swiss Jazz School, Bern. His musical experience is wide-ranging, and includes playing with gala big bands, theater productions, symphony orchestras, and rhythm & blues bands, as well as composing music for films.
Tom’s first love, however, is jazz.
He was the co-leader of the BBS Big Band, and has played with Alexander’s Swingtime Band & Benny Waters, Jon Faddis, Jiggs Whigham, et. al.
Tom has also recorded two CD’s with the Florian Döling Sextet, and has appeared with the Strasbourg pianist Philippe Ochem’s band Monk’s Music.
Tom has taught at the Jazz & Rock Schulen Freiburg since 1986.
Ralph Baumann: alto & soprano sax
Born 1964 in San Francisco.
Study at the Swiss Jazz School in Bern.
After receiving his degree in 1992, he went to New York City, where he had the opportunity to take part in many sessions in various jazz clubs.
Besides playing in jazz, Latin, pop, reggae and big bands, Ralph taught saxophone, combos and ear training at the Jazz & Rock Schule Freiburg from April ’95 to July 2000.
Jörg Eckel: drums
Born 1975. Jörg began playing drums at the age of fifteen. He later had the opportunity to gain experience by playing concerts with well-known jazz soloists, such as Gerd Dudek, Rob van den Broeck and Charlie Mariano.
He studied 1996-1997 at the Drummer’s Institute in Düsseldorf and 1997-2001 at the Music Conservatory in Maastricht, Holland.
His debut CD, "Jörg At Work," appeared in 2004 on the Cologne label "Jazzsick," and was highly praised by the trade press.
He has been the house drummer for "Hammond Jazz Night" in Freiburg since 2005, where he accompanies soloists such as Cécile Verny, Dani Blanc, Roberto Bossard, Herbie Kopf, Jean-Yves Jung and Morten Klein (toktoktok).
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