1. The Monster *
2. Two For the Road *
3. Perk Up Jack *
4. Peachy *
6. Real Neal**
8. Somewhere Along The Way***
9. Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t [My Baby]***
10. More Than You Know***
11. Waltz This!***
* Recorded at Amigo Recording Studios North Hollywood Calif. January 30 1969
• Hank Cicalo engineer
• Personal: Med Flory, Bill Perkins, Lou Ciotti, Tom Scott Jack Nimitz Saxes. Larry McGuire, Buddy Childers, Gary Barone, Steve Huffsteter Trumpets. Charlie Loper, Pete Myers, Vince Diaz, Ernie Tack Trombones. Mike Wofford Piano, Monty Budwig Bass and John Guerin Drums
**Recorded at Donte’s Jazz Club North Hollywood Calif. November 6
1968 George Jerman engineer
Personal: Med Flory, Bill Perkins, Lou Ciotti, Bill Hood, Jack Nimitz Saxes. Larry McGuire, Buddy Childers, Gary Barone, Steve Huffsteter Trumpets Charlie Loper, Vince Diaz, Ernie Tack and unknown player Trombones. Cliff Bryant Piano, Jim Hughart Bass, John Guerin Drums
*** Recorded at Donte’s December 11 1968
Personal: Same as Nov. 6/68 except Jim Trimble, Pete Meyers Trombones and Mike Wofford Piano.
In 1968 I had a big band that played every Wednesday night at Donte’s Jazz Club in North Hollywood Calif. The first line personal was the one on the “Amigo” recordings except Tom Scott who subbed for Bill Hood on tenor sax. These are all live recordings even the ones in the studio [Amigo]. The other dates 11/6/68 and 12/11/68 were done at Donte’s and were not planned recording dates. It was an impromptu recording made by George Jerman using an AMPEX 960 tape recorder at 71/2 ips that saved these moments. Not exactly state of the art but they came out just fine. The Donte’s recordings had subs but they all did a great job. This band [like the one I have today] was not about money. There was nothing to gain except playing good music with great players. Very gratifying and fun for all of us. These recordings are 40 years old at this time. I think we were a little ahead of our time.
Mike Barone was born in Detroit in Michigan on December 27, 1936 and began playing trombone at age 12. Both Mike and his brother Gary were taught by their father, Joe Barone, who played trumpet with the Bob Crosby Orchestra and many other big bands from the 1920s through the 1960s.
Mike graduated from Brush High School in Cleveland, Ohio in 1954 and studied trombone, guitar and arranging until 1956, when he was accepted into the West Point Army Band. There he studied trombone with Louis Van Haney of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. After his West Point stint, Mike was stationed in Germany, where he was with Special Services and formed his first Jazz big band, touring service clubs through Europe.
In 1959, Mike attended Valley College in Van Nuys, California and left school to tour with the Sy Zentner and Louis Bellson Orchestras. Mike spent many years working with Louie and Pearl Bailey, touring, recording and arranging for the band. In 1962, Mike recorded Lalo Shifrin's "New Continent," which was performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival with Dizzy Gillespie's Quintet. The next few years were spent performing and recording with Dick Grove, Pete Jolly, Gabor Szabo, Oliver Nelson and many others. During this time, Mike also played with the Gerald Wilson Orchestra and many of his arrangements were recorded by Gerald and other artists.
In 1964, Mike started his own big band which was featured at Donte's Jazz Club from 1966 to 1969. After hearing some of Mike's charts, Doc Severinsen asked Mike to send some charts to New York for the NBC Tonight Show band. This started a twenty-three year relationship with Doc and the Tonight Show Band, for which he wrote over 300 original compositions and arrangements. Two of these, "Peachy" and "Superslick," were used as ending themes of the show for years. Other work in Los Angeles included and arranging and composing for television and movies, such as "Dynasty," "Falcon Crest," "Rocky Three" and the Academy Awards Show.
Mike moved to Colorado in 1987, where he released an album on TBA Records featuring Ernie Watts. After spending six years in Colorado, he moved to Vancouver, Washington in 1993.
Mike moved back to the LA area in 1997 and formed a new big band, which has performed at the Jazz Bakery, Clancey's, Ken Poston Big Band Party and the Big Band Jazz Party in Palm Springs. Meanwhile Mike's old big band recording, "Live at Donte's 1968," was released around 2000 by VSOP Records.
Mike wrote for the Academy Awards Show in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2005. Mike also has a song on "Lost Treasures," Herb Alpert's new CD, called "Happy Hour." Mike will have 3 charts [2 originals] on the new Bud Shank Big Band CD to be released Feb 2006 on the Jazzed Media label. The "Mike Barone Big Band Live 2005" is the second CD released on Mikes new label "Rhubarb Recordings". "You Name It" is Rubarb's third release and "Metropole" The Mike Barone Big Band is the fourth and "By Request"Mike Barone Big Band is the latest in 2007.