Born in 1955 in Richmond, Virginia, Joey Baron taught himself to play drums by closely trying to emulate television themes and by studying other musicians. Starting out in various soul outfits as a teenager, he slowly took on an improvisational approach to his instrument, which quickly became his trademark. After a brief academic stint at Berklee, the versatile drummer moved to NYC where his inventive techniques made him a sought after musician within the 1980s avant-garde scene. Taking a keener interest in jazz, he has since released several albums on his own or as leader of his groups, starting with Tongue in Groove, in 1993. He has played with a veritable Who's Who of the music industry, including Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, David Bowie and Philip Glass. In 2002, he released Miniature.