Artist DescriptionSince earning a Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music in 2005, Rahsaan Barber has set out on a singular path of musical excellence in performance, composition, education and entrepreneurship. Residing proudly in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, Barber enjoys a career that encompasses performing and recording in an ever-expanding range of musical styles including jazz – his “first love” – as well as blues, funk, fusion, soul, Latin and World music. Rahsaan’s passionate, sincere and studious approach to music-making has garnered professional appearances onstage with heavyweights of all genres including Gladys Knight, Winard Harper, Meghan Trainor, Martina McBride, Chester Thompson, The Temptations, Idina Menzel, Greg Allman, Delfeayeo Marsalis, The Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Chris Stapleton, Duffy Jackson, Kirk Franklin, and the Wooten Brothers. The saxophonist has performed on many of the world’s most prestigious stages for music including The Village Vanguard, Birdland, Lincoln Center, the Ryman, the Jazz Kitchen, the Kennedy Center, and the Montreux Jazz Festival.
Rahsaan Barber has joined the ranks of the nation’s rising jazz stars as leader of his own instrumental band, Everyday Magic, as well as being co-leader of Latin Jazz Septet El Movimiento, the creator, bandleader, songwriter and producer of emerging hip-hop soul band, The Megaphones, and musical director of The Nashville Salsa Machine. In addition, he has built a reputation as a standout jazz producer with the founding of his record label, Jazz Music City, in August of 2011. The label launched with the release of Everyday Magic, an album featuring Rahsaan’s original compositions recorded by his Nashville-based quintet. The album was awarded the rare honor of selection as an Editor’s Pick by Downbeat Magazine along with receiving high praise from both critics and audiences. Since the release of Everyday Magic, Barber has become an in-demand producer for Nashville’s rising jazz artists including trumpeter Imer Santiago, whose 2013 debut release (also on Barber’s Jazz Music City record label), Hidden Journey, also earned selection as an Editor’s Pick in Downbeat magazine.
Rahsaan Barber is also an accomplished and devoted music educator. In August of 2005, at the young age of twenty-five, Barber was hired by Belmont University to teach the celebrated music school’s saxophone studio. Promoted to full-time instructor for the last three years of his six years of instruction at Belmont, Barber taught a wide array of courses including private lessons, improvisation, classical and commercial ensembles, and performance seminars. In 2013, Barber was hired by Tennessee State University to teach private saxophone lessons. While currently focusing his energies towards musical performance and composition, as well as the management of his record label, Jazz Music City, Rahsaan remains a sought-after private instructor and clinician at the high-school, collegiate and professional levels, having presented master classes for students at numerous educational institutions including Lipscomb University, The Nashville Jazz Workshop, Tennessee State University, The University of Louisville, The Nashville School of the Arts, Vanderbilt University, The University of Memphis, Michigan State University and The University of North Carolina. Rahsaan Barber is also a Yamaha Performing Artist and proudly endorses Yamaha woodwinds.
Barber is also quite active in the greater jazz community of Music City, serving as the Vice-President of the Tennessee Jazz and Blues Society and also on the Advisory Board of the Nashville Jazz Workshop, as well as volunteering for Fisk University’s radio station, WFSK (88.1FM) as host of “Generations In Jazz,” an hour-long weekly radio show airing on Monday nights at 7pm CT.
Concert Dates: Sun May 15 – Rahsaan Barber Quartet – Holy Trinity Jazz Series – Nashville, TN 37211