Arnold Baruch is an American English teacher and jazz musician living in Japan. Formerly from the San Francisco Bay Area and born in Brooklyn, New York, these are his first self- published works: a three volume time-traveler detective series and 1961, a historical-fiction romance novel. A Memoir, including witty stories and penetrating essays also exists, including anecdotes from a five-year engagement playing (you guessed it!) saxophone at a prominent Tokyo night club. If you all behave yourselves, Mr. Baruch may self-publish these as well.
In the musical realm, Baruch has appeared at the Monterey Jazz Festival with the Mary Watkins Quintet, where he was able to save noted altoist Richie Cole's afternoon by jumping in at the correct spot to solo after Mr. Cole had got completely lost in some chromatically descending minor flat-nine chords. What the heck, Richie was just sitting in, and minor flat-nines can be a bitch. In college, Mr. Baruch also worked briefly with the Miles Davis Quintet in San Francisco in 1965, carrying Mr. Davis's luggage into the trumpet player's hotel room, at which point Miles rasped affectionately, "Get the fuck out my bedroom!" As many have noted, Miles was a charmer and always good for a laugh.
Mr. Baruch currently lives in Kunitachi, a western suburb of Tokyo, with his enchanting wife and their young son. He teaches English to well-paid (if subjugated) men who design the circuits that comprise the semiconductors that make this strange world run.
- JoinedMarch 31, 2015