Barry Klopfer, the son of a third-generation psychologist father, and journalist/civil rights author mother, grew up in the rural Northern Indiana rust belt, at the foothills of the Great Lakes, and was fortunate enough to have grown up on a peninsula, recalling jumping from the backyard Mulberry tree into just one of the many small lakes made affordable to working Indiana people due to their abundance. Barry received his Bachelors of Arts in anthropology from Antioch College during the nineties, and co-oped throughout much of that time in Lakota Indian Country, working with Indian youth and performing field archeology. Barry graduated from law school at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law in the noughties, having interned at the Civil Rights Bureau of the NYS Attorney General, Elliot Spitzer, and settled in Gallup in 2004 working in government law, at the district attorney, public defender, and Navajo department of justice. Since 2011 Barry has been in private practice from his space in downtown Gallup, performing criminal defense, Navajo employment law and personal injury. It was in college that Barry fell in love with jazz, periodically dipping down to New Orleans for Jazz Fest, and having taken jazz appreciation from Professor Steve Schwerner (brother to slain civil rights activist from Mississippi Burning notoriety, Mickey Schwerner).