Roland Barber


Roland will perform an artist recital Wednesday afternoon.

Trombonist and Composer Roland Barber has performed with an impressively diverse, world-class list of musicians, including Stefon Harris, Manny Oquendo y Libre, Chaka Khan, Wynton Marsalis and the JLCO, the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Roland has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Birdland, the Blue Note, Lincoln Center, the Copacabana, and Madison Square Garden. He has appeared on television, including MTV's making the band, NBC's Saturday Night Live, CBS' Today Show and ESPN Awards.

Roland's main stylistic influences on the trombone are Al Grey, Steve Turre, and J.J. Johnson, as he brings a trademark style that draws on vintage and contemporary jazz styles, Southern, blues-based vocal inflections, bebop command and fluency, and a warm, robust tone. Roland’s current endeavors include recording, performing and co-leading the Barber Brothers (with twin brother and accomplished saxophonist Rahsaan Barber), and pursuing his newest avenue of musical expression – the Roland Barber Quintet. Also, Roland is quite active as a teacher and educator of musicians from all walks of life. Roland has taught private study of trombone, jazz history, big band, and jazz improvisation in Manhattan School of Music’s Pre-College Program for the NY area’s talented youngsters. Also, Roland has presented master classes, lessons and lectures to audiences and students around the country from the very young to high school and collegiate levels.

Roland is also an esteemed composer and arranger. He was recently awarded a New Works Jazz Grant from Chamber Music America, which led to the writing and Lincoln Center premier of his suite, "Songs of the Village", performed by his quintet. Roland also has an ever-increasing discography, as he has has recorded in styles from Balkan Funk to NYC's Salsa Dura, from Vintage-inspired jazz to music of today's modern pulse. Legendary jazz icon Curtis Fuller’s praise of Roland as “what trombone playing is ALL about” is finding fast and global support as Roland continues a stellar ascent in the world of jazz performance, composition and education.