Artist Details

Joey Baron

Drummer Joey Baron was born in Richmond, Virginia into what he has described as a Jewish working-class family. Heavily influenced by the rock, jazz, and TV themes of his youth, he taught himself how to play through close listening and watching other musicians. Although he has backed artists from a range of the musical spectrum -- from Tony Bennett to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, from Laurie Anderson to Al Jarreau to David Bowie -- most of Baron's work has been in jazz. He has played with classic greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Art Pepper, and Stan Getz, as well as modern jazz artists such as John Scofield, Fred Hersch, Eliane Elias, and Kenny Werner. His reputation also became synonymous with the avant-garde musicians of the '80s and '90s N.Y.C. downtown scene, including John Zorn, Tim Berne (he and Baron co-led the group Miniature), the Lounge Lizards, and Naked City. Among the over 300 recordings on which Baron has appeared, over 50 of them are associated with Zorn.