Lyrical jazz artist whose influence and importance among jazz pianists was highly regarded. He was a respected teacher at The Juilliard School of Music.
He graduated from Empire State College in 1978 with a BA in Arts.
He and Stan Getz collaborated on several albums between 1987 and 1991.
His older brother was tenor saxophonist Bill Barron.
He played piano for the Dizzy Gillespie quartet as one of his first gigs.