Baron Raymonde and Gil Parris

Baron Raymonde, sax
Gil Parris, guitar
Kip Sophos, bass
Thierry Arpino, drums, Ed Bishai, keyboards & vocals 

Saxophonist Baron Raymonde has toured with Rod Stewart, The Blues Brothers Band, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, the Broadway show “Ain’t Nothing But The Blues” and The Artie Shaw orchestra. He played sax on the closing Today Show Theme “Americas First Family. Baron recorded multiple saxophones and flute on India Aries Grammy winning CD “Voyage To India.” He has also appeared on TV shows with GE Smith “The Mark Twain Prize” and “Broadway’s Best” and “The Rosie O’Donnell show” with Rod Stewart and American Masters “Women of Tin Pan Alley. Baron currently resides in the NYC area.
Baron has played with the following musicians:
  The Nuff Brothers
  Southside Johnny and The Labamba Big Band
  Little Anthony and The Imperials
  Maxine Brown
  Percy Sledge
  Eric Scortia and Vital Organ
  Tony Orlando
  LaBamba’s Big Band
  The John Tropea Band live on WFDU
  Sam Moore
  Pinetop Perkins
  The Duke and The Drivers 
  Elvin Bishop
  Luther “Guitar” Johnson, JR.
  Rod Stewart, Human Tour. Featured multi-instrumentalist
  George Benson and Jill Scott
  Art Garfunkel
  Joan Osborne
  Celia Cruz
  Mandy Moore
  The Three Mo’ Brothers
  The Bacon Brothers
  Linda Eder 
  GE Smith band 
  David Johansen -Central Park, NYC
  Toured with Matt ‘Guitar’ Murphy of Blues Brothers fame 
  Jimmy Buffet
  Blues Brothers Band, Europe and Philadelphia
  Hiram Bullock Band in NYC
  Terry King in Las Vegas 
  Sister Sledge, July 4th Celebration
  Temptations and Four Tops
  Manhattan Transfer 
  Lou Christie, the Coasters and the Drifters at the Beacon Theater, NYC
  Vaganza, Outpost Recording Artists 
  Jeff Pevar Band
  Mary Wilson
  Don Rickles
  Martha Reeves and the Vandellas 
  Billy Porter with Taylor Dayne at Town Hall, NYC
  Toured with Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon and Fabian 
  Lester Chambers and Harvey Brooks Band
  Toured with Artie Shaw Orchestra under the direction of Dick Johnson 

Trumpets Jazz Club review from NYBJS – 
Trumpets Jazz Club
Montclair, NJ
February 29th, 2004 
After our recent Memphis Bound Fundraiser at The Bitter End on January 20th, we at The New York Blues and Jazz Society were looking for a new project. We were so totally impressed with all the talent that had donated their services for this show that we decided to ask Baron Raymonde and Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair if it would be alright to make Baron’s upcoming gig an NYBJS event. The Sax Baron had enlisted two of our favorites: vocalist/piano player, Tommy Mitchell and guitar player, Gil Parris to join him in a Quintet at Trumpets on Sunday, February 29th. I had never been to the club in Montclair and my wife and I were excited about attending.
Trumpets had a packed house and it was only 4:00 PM. Ably assisted by the rhythm section of Kip Sophos, bass and Rich Gonzales, drums the boys did not disappoint us. Baron Raymonde is the finest alto sax player I’ve heard. He is not satisfied to just play the instrument but squeezes the juices out of the thing. I’ve often said that I prefer tenor sax to alto but decided now it’s only because I never heard Baron Raymonde. Gil Parris is also a “tonemaster” on the guitar and Tommy’s voice was in fine form. Also joined by the Italian violin virtuoso, Vitali, they performed Tommy Mitchell’s “Bittersweet” and “C Smooth” by George Benson. Then Tommy sang “A Song for You” by Leon Russell. The Band played the Baron Raymonde/Gary Eskow penned “Back in the Day” and the classic “Ode to Billy Joe.” Then Gil played “Duck Walk” a tune he wrote off of his latest cd “Jam this.” They continued with the Ray Charles classic “Georgia”, Horace Silver’s “Sister Sadie” and The Doobie Brother’s “Taking It to The Streets.” They also performed Stevie Wonder’s “I Am Singing.”
Everyone at Trumpets had a great time and I for one am looking forward to seeing these guys together again. Baron Raymonde is also a member of “The Tommy Mitchell Band” and involved with many music projects.
Richard Ludmerer