Basic Background Info

Birth: June 26, 1955
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Band: Barondown
Genres: Jazz
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


Avant-garde jazz drummer Joey Baron was born in Richmond, Virginia, to a working class Jewish family. As a child, Joey Baron was influenced by contemporary rock, jazz, and television music. Paying close attention to that music, Joey Baron taught himself to play drums. Joey Baron's professional experience runs the gamut of musical genres, but his specialty is avant-garde jazz.

Joey Baron has played with Tony Bennett, Carmen McRae, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Laurie Anderson, and Al Jarreau. Joey Baron's mainstream jazz experience includes drumming for Dizzy Gillespie, Art Pepper, and Stan Getz. Joey Baron led the Down Home Group and Killer Joey as well.

Joey Baron also played with other avant-garde jazz acts of the 1980s and 1990s like John Zorn, Tim Berne, the Lounge Lizards, and Naked City. Later in the 1990s, Joey Baron played with John Zorn’s Masada quartet and went on to creat and lead his own group, Barondown. Barondown recorded three albums: Crackshot, RAIsed Pleasuredot, and Tongue in Groove.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1976 At the Great American Music Hall Carmen McRae
1976 Mad About the Boy Cybill Shepherd
1979 Margo's Theme Jack Wilson
1979 Something's Gotta Give Bill Henderson
1980 Beyond Blue Jack Scalese
1981 Tribute to Johnny Mercer Bill Henderson
1983 Peacocks Jimmy Rowles & Michael Hashim
1984 Big Gundown: John Zorn Plays the Music of Ennio Morri John Zorn
1984 Horizons Fred Hersch
1984 Never Is Now Garry Dial Trio
1984 New Lands Enrico Pieranunzi
1985 Beauty and the Beast Mark Murphy
1985 Transparency Herb Robertson
1986 Eddie Daniels Collection Eddie Daniels
1986 No Turn on Red Red Rodney Quintet
1986 Quiet Passage John Basile
1986 Sarabande Fred Hersch
1986 Time of My Life Roseanna Vitro
1986 Welcome to My Dream Anita Gravine
1987 Black Pastels Hank Roberts
1987 Deep Down Enrico Pieranunzi
1987 Lookout for Hope Bill Frisell
1987 Plays the Music of Billy Strayhorn Marian McPartland
1987 Return Pat Martino
1988 Before We Were Born Bill Frisell
1988 Blue-Bop Judy Niemack
1988 Claude's Late Morning Bobby Previte
1988 Denon Jazz Sampler, Vol. 3 Various Artists
1988 Dial & Oatts Garry Dial & Dick Oatts
1988 Live at Sweet Basil The Randy Brecker Quintet
1988 Live at the Knitting Factory, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1988 Only Trust Your Heart Toots Thielemans
1988 Sanctified Dreams Tim Berne
1988 Shades of Bud Powell Herb Robertson and the Brass Ensemble
1988 Spy Vs. Spy: The Music of Ornette Coleman John Zorn
1988 These Rooms Jim Hall Trio with Tom Harrell
1988 X-Cerpts: Live at Willisau Herb Robertson
1989 15th Anniversary Stash Sampler Various Artists
1989 Best of John Scofield John Scofield
1989 Code Red Code Red
1989 French Collection Fred Hersch
1989 Is That You? Bill Frisell
1989 Live at the Knitting Factory, Vol. 4 Various Artists
1989 Miniature Miniature
1989 Naked City John Zorn
1989 Strange Angels Laurie Anderson
1989 Those Who Know History Are Doomed to Repeat It Henry Kaiser
1989 Tim Berne's Fractured Fairy Tales Tim Berne
1989 Torture Garden Naked City
1990 Brassworks Dial & Oatts
1990 For Real Moments: Song and Dances Various Artists
1990 Gramavision 10th Anniversary Sampler Various Artists
1990 New Lands (Bonus Track) Enrico Pieranunzi Trio
1990 Where in the World? Bill Frisell Band
1991 Another Hand David Sanborn
1991 Grace Under Pressure John Scofield
1991 Grand Guignol Naked City
1991 Live at the Knitting Factory, Vols. 1-5 Various Artists
1991 Live Bill Frisell/Kermit Driscoll/Joey Baron
1992 Black Box: Torture Garden/Leng Tch'e Naked City
1992 Diminutive Mysteries Tim Berne
1992 Have a Little Faith Bill Frisell
1992 I Can't Put My Finger on It Miniature
1992 Live at the Knitting Factory: Downtown Does the Beatles Various Artists
1992 Mulege Day Feather
1992 Stolen...And Other Moments Mark Murphy
1992 This Land Bill Frisell
1993 Absinthe Naked City
1993 Klezmer 1993, New York City Various Artists
1993 Radio Naked City
1993 RAIsed Pleasure Dot Joey Baron
1993 Tongue in Groove Joey Baron
1994 Bright Red Laurie Anderson
1994 Heretic, Jeux des Dames Cruelles Naked City
1994 In Our Lifetime Dave Douglas Sextet
1994 JMT Sampler & Catalog Various Artists
1994 Masada, Vol. 1: Alef Masada
1994 Who's Bridge Misha Mengelberg
1995 Best of Carmen McRae Carmen McRae
1995 Can We Go Home Now The Roches
1995 Go West: Music for the Films of Buster Keaton Bill Frisell
1995 High Sign/One Week Bill Frisell
1995 Live at Ronnie Scott's 1977 Carmen McRae
1995 Masada, Vol. 2: Beit Masada
1995 Masada, Vol. 3: Gimel Masada
1995 Masada, Vol. 5: Hei Masada
1995 Masada, Vol. 6: Vav Masada
1995 New Traditions in East Asian Bar Bands John Zorn
1995 Outside David Bowie
1995 Remembering Tomorrow Steve Kuhn
1995 Rodan Satoh Michihiro
1995 Sephardic Tinge Anthony Coleman Trio
1995 Ugly One with the Jewels and Other Stories Laurie Anderson
1996 Alternate Currents Various Artists
1996 Blue Note Plays Jobim Various Artists
1996 Breezin Various Artists
1996 Bug Music Don Byron
1996 Laurita Richard Galliano
1996 Martinis and Memories: Elegant Blend of Romantic Stan Various Artists
1996 Subtle Body Arto Lindsay
1997 Billy Strayhorn Songbook Various Artists
1997 Cream Pat Martino
1997 Down Home Joey Baron
1997 Film Works, Vol. 3 John Zorn
1997 Film Works, Vol. 4: S&M John Zorn
1997 Great Jewish Music: Burt Bacharach Various Artists
1997 Green Bermudas Ellery Eskelin With Andrea Parkins
1997 Imaginary Time Tim Ries
1997 Sound of Summer Running Marc Johnson/Pat Metheny/Bill Frisell
1997 Stargazer Dave Douglas Sextet
1997 Urlicht/Primal Light Uri Caine
1998 Blue Box, Vol. 2: Finest Jazz Vocalists Various Artists
1998 Circle Maker John Zorn
1998 Crackshot Joey Baron's Barondown
1998 Hearing Bruce Ackley
1998 Jazz Standards Mark Murphy
1998 Masada, Vol. 10: Yod Masada
1998 Masada, Vol. 8: Het Masada
1998 Masada, Vol. 9: Tet Masada
1998 Monk to Bach Various Artists
1998 No Idea Misha Mengelberg
1998 Shades of Jazz, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1998 Unprotected Music Kenny Werner
1999 Bitches and Fairy Tales Eric Vloeimans
1999 Comin' and Goin': Exit & the Return Pat Martino
1999 Mark Murphy Sings Nat King Cole & More Mark Murphy
1999 Masada, Vol. 4: Dalet Masada
1999 Masada, Vol. 7: Zayin Masada
1999 Masada: Live in Jerusalem Masada
1999 Masada: Live in Middelheim Masada
1999 Masada: Live in Taipei Masada
1999 Outside (Australia) David Bowie
1999 Resurrection, Pt. 2 Various Artists
1999 Searching for Jimi Hendrix Various Artists
1999 Songbook Mark Murphy
1999 Stars Lori Carson
1999 Tucuma Vinicius Cantuaria
1999 Unclear Trail: More Than This Keiji Haino
2000 A-Collection Bill Frisell
2000 Alter Ego Myriam Alter
2000 Chasin' the Gypsy James Carter
2000 David Johansen & the Harry Smiths David Johansen & the Harry Smiths
2000 Dockings Michel Portal
2000 Finding Forrester Original Soundtrack
2000 Givin' Away the Store, Vol. 3 Pat Martino
2000 In His Own Sweet Way: A Tribute to Dave Brubeck Various Artists
2000 Masada: Live in Sevilla 2000 Masada
2000 Memories, Chronicles and Declarations of Love Marisa Monte
2000 MÛzg: 5 Lat Various Artists
2000 New Spirit in Jazz, Vol. 4 Various Artists
2000 Soul on Soul Dave Douglas Sextet
2000 Sound of Surprise Lee Konitz
2000 Steady Groovin' John Scofield
2000 Talk Normal: The Laurie Anderson Anthology Laurie Anderson
2000 We'll Soon Find Out Joey Baron
2001 Attila's Dreams Don Friedman
2001 Beyond Elliott Sharp/Roberto Zorzi/Joey Baron
2001 Changing Platforms: 30 Years of the Contemporary Musi Various Artists
2001 Cherry Josh Roseman
2001 Flights of Fancy: Trio Fascination, Vol. 2 Joe Lovano
2001 Gallianissimo Richard Galliano
2001 Gift John Zorn
2001 Incontro Illusorio Jasper van't Hof & Joey Baron
2001 Jazz Roads Enrico Pieranunzi
2001 Life on a String Laurie Anderson
2001 Masada: Live at Tonic, 2001 Masada
2001 Ornella Ornella Vanoni
2001 Release the Day Barney McAll
2001 Some New Stuff Lee Konitz/Greg Cohen/Joey Baron
2001 State of the Union 2.001 Various Artists
2001 Vinicius (Cliche Do Cliche) Vinicius Cantuaria
2001 Wait for Me Jubilant Sykes
2002 At Ratso's, Vol. 1 Carmen McRae
2002 At Ratso's, Vol. 2 Carmen McRae
2002 Cat 'n' Mouse John Abercrombie
2002 Cruel Smile Elvis Costello
2002 Current Condidtions Enrico Pieranunzi/Marc Johnson/Joey Baro
2002 Kissed by Nature Eliane Elias
2002 Masada First Live 1993 Masada
2002 Miniature Joey Baron
2002 Naked City Live, Vol. 1: Knitting Factory 1989 Naked City
2002 Play Morricone Pieranunzi/Johnson/Baron
2002 Rarum, Vol. 5: Selected Recordings Bill Frisell
2002 Say No More, Vol. 1 & 2 Various Artists
2002 Verse Patricia Barber
2002 Viva Caruso Joe Lovano
2002 When I Was Cruel Elvis Costello
2002 My Old Flame Lew Tabackin & His West Coast Friends
2003 Freak In Dave Douglas
2003 If Myriam Alter
2003 Rosslyn Taylor/Johnson/Baron
2004 50th Birthday Celebration, Vol. 4 Electric Masada
2004 50th Birthday Celebration, Vol. 7 Masada
2004 At Sunset Rob Price
2004 Class Trip John Abercrombie Quartet
2004 Irving Stone Memorial Concert Various Artists
2004 Masada Live at Tonic 1999 Masada
2004 Outside David Bowie
2004 Play Morricone, Vol. 2 Enrico Pieranunzi
2004 Rarum, Vol. 14: Selected Recordings John Abercrombie
2004 Unreleased Sessions Jim Hall
2005 50th Birthday Celebration, Vol. 11 Bar Kokhba Sextet
2005 Allies Fred Frith
2005 At the Mountains of Madness John Zorn/Electric Masada
2005 Best of Film Works: 20 Years of Soundtrack Music John Zorn
2005 Complete Studio Recordings Naked City
2005 Jazoo Project: Roses and Roots Riccardo del Fra
2005 Love Press Ex-Curio Charlie Peacock
2005 Love Press Ex-Curio Various Artists
2005 Sanhedrin: 1994-1997 Masada
2005 Shades of Jade Marc Johnson
2006 Astronome John Zorn
2006 Ballads Enrico Pieranunzi/Marc Johnson/Joey Baro
2006 Moonchild John Zorn
2006 Share My Love Jimmy Levine
2007 Blind Date Loren Stillman
2007 CAM JAZZ Collection: Catalog 2007 Various Artists
2007 David Bowie Box David Bowie
2007 Live in Japan Enrico Pieranunzi
2007 Premonition Years: 1994-2002 Originals Patricia Barber
2007 Premonition Years: 1994-2002 Standards Patricia Barber
2007 Premonition Years: 1994-2002 Patricia Barber
2007 Six Litanies for Heliogabalus John Zorn
2007 Sunnyside 25th Anniversary Various Artists
2007 Third Quartet The John Abercrombie Quartet
2007 Where Is There Myriam Alter
2008 All We Have Is Now Grand Evolution
2008 As Never Before Pieranunzi/Johnson/Baron
2008 Dreamers John Zorn
2008 Lucifer: The Book of Angels, Vol. 10 Bar Kokhba Sextet
2008 Something for You Eliane Elias


  • Joey appeared in a 1990 documentary film about Fred Frith called Step Across the Border.
  • "I think a trade-mark of my style involves my getting a lot from a minimal arsenal of equipment. I just have hi-hats, a ride, a crash, a sizzle and a four-piece kit... Number one, what I want to do is play music that is fun, that invites people in. If a person walked off the street into a performance of mine, he or she wouldn't need to understand the history of music to enjoy it. That's my job." -Joey Baron

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Drums: Sonor
Heads: Remo

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