Rod Barnes

Rod has had a love affair with his clarinet for 60 years after hearing recordings of Benny Goodman and Woody Herman, and seeing Don Burrows perform live.

From then on nothing could stop him. Even studying at university and working for a while as an architect couldn’t wipe out the absolute attraction of music. He finally succumbed and became a full-time musician/teacher.

He’s had the privilege of playing all types of music – orchestral, chamber, solo, jazz, big band, and even playing baritone sax in his son and daughter’s rock bands – culminating in this jazz collaboration of son, daughter and colleague.


  • Destination Swing

    Dungeon Big Band with Heather Price celebrate their favourite cities of jazz.

  • Jazz Sax in the Pub

    Be entertained by exceptional musicians from Newcastle’s own Sax Blue, led by the evergreen Rod Barnes OAM. Price includes 2 course meal and drink on arrival. Proud to be part of Newcastle Food Month!

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