By Olya Yordanyan
Special to the Mirror-Spectator
BOSTON – Guitarist, composer and educator John Baboian brings a bright Armenian voice to New England’s world of jazz music.
Sixty-year-old Baboian, of Belmont, is a freelance musician who does various gigs in the US and other countries playing jazz, rock, classical and Armenian music. At the same time, he is a guitar professor at the Berklee College of Music, his alma mater, and has been on faculty there for 36 years.
Baboian is an accomplished musician, but being naturally humble, he does not speak a lot about his achievements, his compositions and arrangements, many of which have been heard on a number of TV series, including “The Sopranos,” “All My Children” and “Seven Days.”
Music runs in his family. His father played several brass instruments, which were always around the house. His sister, June, is also a highly regarded vocalist in the greater Boston area.