Guitarist Featured in Summer Concert Has Played with Jazz & Rock Greats, His Music Has Been Used by TV Shows

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Watertown’s John Baboian has played guitar with the stars of rock and jazz, and will be performing at the Watertown Summer Concert series.

Wednesday’s Watertown Summer Concert features guitarist John Baboian, who has played with some of the greats in rock and jazz, and his music has been used on television soundtracks.

“Although best known for his work in the jazz & swing idioms, John has performed in the Classical, Blues, Rock, R&B, Latin and World music genres,” Baoboian’s bio on his website said.

The concert is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Saltonstall Park, next to Town Hall (149 Main St., Watertown). The concert is free and guests can sit on the lawn by the stage.

Born and raised in Watertown, Baboian performs and also is a professor at Berklee College of Music.

Baboian has performed with Frankie Avalon, Tom Jones, Ben Vareen and many others, according to his website. He has also played with many greats of jazz, including Gary Burton, Joe Lovano, and Esperanza Spalding.

Baboian’s musical career includes concerts, clubs, recordings, radio and television throughout the United States and Canada, as well as performances and teaching clinics in Japan, Central & South Americas, Europe, South Africa, and the former Soviet Union, including his ancestral home, Armenia.

His compositions have been featured on several television shows, including HBO’s “The Sopranos,” CBS’s “Walker, Texas Ranger,” and ABC’s “All My Children.”

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