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Rahsaan Barber

Rahsaan Barber has achieved a singular path of excellence in performance, composition, education and entrepreneurship. Barber enjoys a career that encompasses a range of styles including his first love – jazz — as well as blues, funk, classical, soul, Latin and World music. Barber’s approach to music-making has garnered professional appearances both “in studio” and onstage with a staggering list of performers including Kelly Clarkson, Lauren Daigle, The Temptations, Idina Menzel, Delfeayeo Marsalis, Brian Blade, Meghan Trainor, The Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Kirk Franklin, and the Wooten Brothers. Barber has performed on many of the world’s most prestigious stages for music including The Ryman, The Village Vanguard, Birdland, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and the National Museum of African American History. Barber has joined the ranks of the nation’s rising jazz stars as leader of his own instrumental band, Everyday Magic, co-leader of both Latin Jazz Septet El Movimiento and The Barber Brothers, a jazz quintet he captains alongside his twin brother, trombonist Roland Barber. Barber is also the creator, bandleader, songwriter and producer of hip-hop soul band, The Megaphones. In addition, he has built a reputation as a standout jazz producer with the work of his record label, Jazz Music City, which he founded in August of 2011. The label launched with the release of the Barber’s album Everyday Magic, featuring nine of the saxophonist’s original compositions. The album was awarded selection as an Editor’s Pick by Downbeat Magazine along with receiving high praise from both critics and audiences alike.

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”Though he’d never make such a claim, it’s a fair statement to say that saxophonist and bandleader Rahsaan Barber is Nashville's version of Wynton Marsalis. He’s an articulate and gifted musician and soloist who doubles as the type of passionate, charismatic advocate the music desperately needs in its ongoing struggle to reach wider and younger audiences.” - Ron Wynn, The Nashville Scene
Primary Instrument

Saxophone

Location

Nashville

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

In August of 2005, Belmont University hired Rahsaan to teach the celebrated music school’s saxophone studio at the young age of twenty-five. In his work at Belmont University over the next six years, Rahsaan was promoted to full-time instructor, teaching private lessons, improvisation, ensembles and performance seminars. Currently, Rahsaan teaches a private studio featuring lessons on improvisation, arranging and practice techniques. Rahsaan is also a sought-after clinician at the collegiate level, and has been invited to present master classes by numerous music programs, including the Nashville Jazz Workshop, Tennessee State University, the University of Louisville, the University of Memphis, and the University of North Carolina.

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Albums

Mosaic

Jazz Music City
2021

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Desde Lejos

Summit Records
2021

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My George Jones...

Staci Griesbach
2021

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My Shania Twain...

Staci Griesbach
2020

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The Music In The Night

Jazz Music City
2017

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Everyday Magic

Jazz Music City
2011

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Un Cambio de Ritmo

From: Desde Lejos
By Rahsaan Barber

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