Barry Bergstrom


Born and raised in Washington, Oregon and Montana, Barry has lived in Oakland, California and Las Vegas, Nevada, with extended stays in New York and Los Angeles. He has performed in every major city of the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, The West Indies and Canada, many in Europe, Asia and South America and currently divides his time between New York, Los Angeles, numerous tours and his home in Washington.

Barry began playing the clarinet in 5th grade, encouraged by his parents to play both "Classical" music and the popular "Standards" that they recalled from their youth. "It's The Talk Of The Town", "Satin Doll" and the "Tennesee Waltz" were some of the first tunes he learned. At the age of 16, Barry "discovered" jazz, when he attended a clinic and concert by The Cannonball Adderley Quintet. The warmth exuded by Julian "Cannonball" Adderley left a lasting effect on the young man, both as a musician and as a human being. In that same year Barry won a Mid-Columbia Symphony Young Artist Award, and started to play alto saxophone, flute and upright bass. The five years after high school were eventful, working many different jobs, hitchhiking and riding freight trains. At 23 years of age Barry decided to resume playing the woodwind instruments and for the first time undertook the serious study of the saxophone. His musical career has been climbing steadily upward ever since. As a Jazz musician he has performed with some of the greats including the big bands of Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Jimmy Dorsey and Harry James. He has shared the stage with James Moody, Bill Tole, Cedar Walton, Pete Christlieb, Steve Miller, Randy Brecker, James Carter, Sonny Russo, Bob Hope, Carl Fontana, Buddy Montgomery, Howard Alden, Peter Washington, Lewis Nash and numerous other great jazz artists. In addition he has performed with numerous "R&B" acts, including the Temptations, the Coasters and the Drifters. His classical saxophone performances include Eugene Bozza's "Aria", Paul Creston's "Sonata For Alto Saxophone", Glazounov's "Concerto For Alto Saxophone" and he is currently preparing Jacque Ibert's "Concertino Da Camera" (written for alto saxophone in 1935). Clarinet performances include Mozart's "Concerto" and Weber's "Concertino". Flute performances have been in a jazz context only, where he lists his main influence as Roland Kirk. Barry has studied, albeit briefly, with: Don McMaster, Greg Metcalf, and received tips and encouragement from Dave Liebman, James Moody, and James Carter.

Saxophone influences include: Willie Smith, Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, Charlie Parker, Marcel Mule', Sigurd Rascher, Ike Quebec, Jim Pepper, Sonny Rollins, Don Byas, Coleman Hawkins, Gene Ammons, Art Pepper, Roland Kirk, Dave Liebman, et. al.

Having been given the opportunity to serve as a road/company manager has presented new challenges that Barry has met head-on and excelled at. Many great artists have stated that not only can this guy play, but he's the best road manager they have ever had.

Barry has worked both as a multi-woodwind artist and/or tour manager for the following national tours: Harry James Orchestra, "The Songs That Won World War II"; The Hoagy Carmichael Centennial Celebration; Glenn Miller Orchestra's Japan Tour 1999; Cab Calloway Orchestra's "Legacy Of Swing"; The "Our Sinatra" Orchestra; "Front Porch Blues" tour (with Charlie Musselwhite and Elvin Bishop, et. al.), "Big Band Dance Party" with the Jiving Lindy Hoppers as a star soloist on both alto saxophone and clarinet; The Newport Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary Tour 2004 (with Cedar Walton, Howard Alden, James Moody, Randy Brecker, James Carter, Lewis Nash and Peter Washington).

Barry currently tours with the Harry James Orchestra, with which he has recorded 4 CD's, and works in New York, touring nationally and internationally. He also plays with his jazz quartet, which released an acclaimed CD "I Remember Clifford" in 1996, in addition to playing in Northwest venues as much as possible. A new recording is in the planning/early production stages. Barry also adjudicates at educational solo and ensemble festivals, and educational jazz festivals. Recently he was asked to adjudicate at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow Idaho, which is the largest educational jazz festival in the world. He also teaches privately and presents clinics for students of all ages.

Barry endorses and plays "Cannonball" Saxophones.

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