Barney's Biography


Barney McClure has been everywhere and done it all. He has performed and/or recorded with Ernestine Anderson, Mark Murphy, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Jimmy Witherspoon, Big Joe Turner, Don Shelton, Greta Matassa, Rebecca Parris, Dee Daniels, Grady Tate, Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel, Larry Coryell, Mimi Fox, the late Joe Pass, Howard Roberts, and Emily Remler, Bud Shank, Don Lanphere, Richie Cole, Harold Land, Scott Hamilton, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Red Holloway, Buddy Tate, the late Sonny Stitt, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Kenny Wheeler, Shorty Rogers, Blue Mitchell, Bill Watrous, Milt Jackson, Terry Gibbs, Red Norvo, Gary Peacock, Bob Magnusson, John Heard, Billy Higgins, Lewis Nash, and Jeff Hamilton - and, more. Barney has backed such notables as Bob Hope, Bob Newhart, Professor Irwin Corey, George Kirby and Steve Allen.

He spends many hours a day in his studio composing original music from Reggae to jazz to classical. His book, "There Is No Such Thing As A Mistake" - a "how-to" in jazz instruction - continues to sell with little promotion of it. Additionally, he has published a collection of original compositions that have words entitled "Barney, With Words." Barney continues to arrange, compose and notate for Sound Music Publications and for a host of vocalists throughout the U.S.

Barney loves to canoe and crochet - but not at the same time. He is proudest of his children Theresa, Sean, Cheyenne, Rachel, and Juliana - their mates and their children. To date, Barney and Diane have seven (and ½ ) grandchildren and a great-granddaughter and great-grandson. Life is good!

Barney McClure learned to arrange in the Army during the sixties in Europe and continued in Hollywood for many years. His performances have taken him all over Europe, Japan, Australia, Mexico, Canada and the US. You can hear Barney in the movie ~Officer and a Gentleman~, and the soundtrack of ~Mr. Holland’s Opus~.