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Gary Barone was born in Detroit, Michigan on December 12, 1941. He spent most of his youth in Cleveland, Ohio, where he began playing trumpet at age 6, and started his professional music career at the age of 14.

In 1965, Gary moved to Los Angeles where he played in the big bands of Stan Kenton, Gerald Wilson, Bill Holman, Terry Gibbs, and his brother Mike Barone. He also played with the small groups of Bud Shank, Frank Rossolino, Willie Bobo and, from 1967 to 1971, he was featured with Shelly Manne at the "Manne Hole" jazz club in Hollywood. Gary's discography from this period includes solo efforts with Shelly Manne, Bud Shank, Robby Krieger, Sara Vaughan, Stan Kenton, and Gerald Wilson, as well as his own album with his brother Mike.

Gary's TV and movie work included recording with composers Dave Grusin, Henry Mancini, Lalo Schifrin, and John Williams; he was featured soloist in the movie "New York, New York," and TV shows "Starsky and Hutch" and "Barney Miller." Between studio jobs, Gary toured with Supersax, Sergio Mendes, Frank Zappa, and Canned Heat. His activities are documented in the 1970's and 1980's versions of Leonard Feather's Encyclopedia of Jazz.

In 1986, after studying composing and arranging with Dick Grove, Gary moved to Portland, Oregon, where he taught at colleges and clinics, and performed with his own band. He also linked up with bassist David Friesen, with whom he made two European tours and played on four CDs.

In 1995, Gary was invited to the Jazz & Rock Schule Freiburg, Germany, as "Artist in Residence." Since living in Freiburg, he has performed with Jiggs Whigham, Christof Lauer, Tony Lakatos and Albert Mangelsdorf, and has recorded CD’s with Florian Döling, Matthias Stich, Oliver Strauch, and Waldi Heidepriem as soloist. He has also recorded five CDs as leader/co-leader: Gary and the Space Band, Ta Ta Boom! , triune , Live , and Almost Floating.

Gary is an arranger and composes songs and lyrics: his songs, lyrics and arrangements can be heard on his own CDs and appear also in written form (De Haske Publications). He is also the author of the book Modern Studies for the Trumpet and Modern Jazz Duets.

Gary currently teaches at the Jazz & Rock Shule Freiburg, leads the Gary Barone BigBand, and holds improvisation workshops. His concert activities include appearances with the big band, Hanna Schuly's Quo Vado, Orientet, Petit Orientet, and Triple Trumpet Trouble.


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