Mystical yet fiery, passionately romantic yet supremely
cool…You hear those first few notes from that instantly
recognizable tenor and know you’re in the unique musical
world of Gato Barbieri.
Beginning professionally as a teenager playing alto sax in
Buenos Aires clubs, Barbieri’s enduring career has
covered virtually the entire jazz landscape, from free jazz
(with trumpeter Don Cherry in the mid-60s) and avante
garde to film scoring and his ultimate embrace of Latin
music throughout the 70s and 80s.
He began playing tenor with his own band in the late 50s
and moved to Rome with his Italian born first wife
Michelle in 1962, where he began collaborating with