Barry Danielian has performed with many of the biggest names in the
music industry. Now, in his own music, he plumbs his more than 15 years
experience as an amazingly versatile sideman to deliver a fresh new take
on urban instrumental sound.
Barry's history as an all-around performer gives him a very personal
mastery of just about every major impulse in music making today. From
Latin and pop to jazz, R&B, and hip-hop, Barry's wide-ranging
professional experiences create his uniquely authoritative and
Trained from an early age in his first love, jazz, some of Barry's most
memorable performances have been with such greats as Dizzy Gillespie,
Illinois Jacquet, Paquito DeRivera, and Branford Marsalis. Equally
valuable in the evolution of his style were some of his first New York
gigs, with Latin giants Eddie Palmieri and Tito Puente. Starting in
1984, he toured widely with these bands over a number of years and began
an impressive series of Latin recordings with such artists as Marc
Anthony and Ricky Martin.
Barry's mileage on the road increased in 1985 with the first of several
tours with rock fusion giants Blood, Sweat and Tears, and subsequently
with Paul Shaffer and the World's Most Dangerous Band, Queen Latifah,
and Jon Bon Jovi. The early 1990s saw Barry on world tours with
Latin-pop star Emmanuel and funk legends Tower of Power.
During the mid-1990s, Barry began to realize the reputation he enjoys
today as one of New York City’s most in-demand session players and
arrangers, racking up more than 200 recordings with such pop notables as
Celine Dion, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Natalie Cole, and James Taylor, as
well as with touring partners Queen Latifah and Tower of Power. His
Jingle/TV and motion-picture credits (for Touchstone, Columbia, and
others) from this period are too numerous to mention.
In 1997, Barry suspended his whirlwind touring schedule to spend more
time with his family. As a New York-based freelancer he performs
regularly on Broadway and in clubs, while serving on the musical
performance faculties at three universities in the New York City area.
He still travels occasionally, both for performances and to give master
classes and lectures on brass playing and improvisation for such hosts
as Carnegie Mellon University and the International Association of Jazz
Barry holds a degree in jazz performance from the Berklee College of
Music, where he graduated with the 1982 Faculty Performance Award. In
1984 he was honored with the University of Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz
Competition's Outstanding Jazz Soloist Award, and in 2000 and 2001
became the only unsigned artist nominated for the Oasis Smooth Jazz
Barry currently resides in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he spends most
of his time composing.