Barney McClure...has been everywhere and done it all. Consider the following: Barney has performed and/or recorded with Ernestine Anderson, Mark Murphy, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Jimmy Witherspoon, Big Joe Turner, Don Shelton, 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 Jacksonn, n Terry Gibbs, Red Norvo, Gary Peacock, Bob Magnusson, John Heard, Billy Higgins, Lewis Nash, and Jeff Hamilton - and, more, frankly. Barney has backed such notables as Bob Hope, Bob Newhart, Professor Irwin Corey, George Kirby and Steve Allen.
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 movies ~Officer and a Gentleman~, and the soundtrack of ~Mr Hollands Opus~.
His book There Is No Such Thing As A Mistake is a "how-to" in improvisational jazz and is a popular hit with teachers who use it as a curriculum guide, and students who can use it as a self-help guide.
For a period of time Barney McClure was the Mayor of Port Townsend, Washington where he helped establish the Port Townsend Jazz Festival, and followed this with a term as State Legislator in Washington State. Barneys passions beyond music include canoeing, camping and crocheting (yep!) and his grown kids Theresa, Sean, Cheyenne, and Rachel as well as grandkids Breille, Kelsie, Leslie, Cameron and Justine.