Thurman Barker began his professional career at the young
age of 16 playing for blues singer/guitarist Might Joe Young.
Classically trained at the American Conservatory of Music
his reputation as a drummer grew quickly. He has played for
Billy Eckstein, MarvinGaye, Bette Midler and Vicki Carr. He
was the house drummer at the Schubert Theatre in Chicago
for 10 years where he played for national touring
Barker is a charter member of the Association for the
Advancement of Creative Musicians, (AACM) an
organization with which he continues his association to this
day. He has recorded with Cecil Taylor, MuhalRichard
Abrams, Amina Claudine Meyers, Anthony Braxton, Roscoe
Rivers, Billy Bang, Joseph Jarman, and Henry Threadgill.
Barker has produced five recordings under his own record
label, Uptee Productions