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.
Along with Bill Frisell, Gary Peacock, and Lee Konitz, Baron was part of an ad hoc group that released the 2012 live album Enfants Terribles, drawn from a run of dates at the Blue Note in New York City. The following year, Baron issued Just Listen, one of the rare albums he recorded as the principal artist, with contributions from frequent collaborator Frisell. And in September 2016, ECM released Streams, a collaboration between Baron, Jakob Bro, and Thomas Morgan. A second ECM release, Titok, featuring Ferenc Snetberger and Anders Jormin, followed a year later. ~ Joslyn Layne, Rovi