NEWS AND EVENTS
2021, and we are finally emerging from our pandemic cocoons. During that time I was lucky enough to do many Living Room Cocktail Concerts with my dear friend pianist Rock Wehrmann from his home in Ohio. I squeezed in an outside gig with Cleveland Pops conductor, Carl Topilow, and I began work on a wonderful upcoming project that will take me back to NYC and will pair me with a 1920s bandleader, whose name must remain unspoken for the time being. In 2021 I will continue my relationship with The Harry James Orchestra, as we have dates coming up in October, November and beyond. I will be back at my favorite NYC Jazz Club, Mezzrow very soon, as well as BLU Jazz in Akron, Ohio, and I will start performing on The American Queen Paddle Steamer again. 2022, will hopefully take me back to Japan for another showing of my art and I am hoping to add a performance or two to that tour. Stay tuned for more performances and art. Thank you for your support and interest.
Barbara brings so much deeply-felt music to a record date that it’s a wonder it can all be captured on a little silver disc. But it can. She has a beautiful voice, an understated delivery, and a fine dramatic sense, which enables her to bring more out of a song than the lyrics and notes would suggest. When the material requires it, she can be warmly affectionate, coy, witty, low-down, heartbreakingly wistful, and a thousand shadings in between. Unlike some singers who attempt to go boldly back into the past, Barbara doesn’t approach her songs at an ironic distance. Rather, she has worked hard to become one with her material. Every song she chooses has an emotional connection to her life, and each one becomes a finely-crafted playlet.
Barbara’s romantic hopefulness is balanced by a clear-eyed view of modern life, so IF YOU WANT THE RAINBOW is a statement of belief to her. She can also enact deep sadness without overacting. When she begins, the room becomes quiet, as audiences feel the deep yearning she creates. To me, her understanding of musical pathos is as deep as Connee Boswell’s — and I do not write those words casually.
For these sessions, Barbara chose four multi-talented musicians who are long-time friends, and their pleasure comes through. Their collective associations include work with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, with Woody Allen, Eddy Davis, Kevin Dorn, the EarRegulars, Meredith Axelrod, and the ferry to Alcatraz. The result is both polished and informal, as if we are eavesdropping on the musicians having a good time in someone’s living room — Sister Barbara has brought home a new song from the music store and gathered Brothers Pete, Andy, Conal, and Craig around to try it out. There might be cookies later. Or perhaps some home brew.
Listen to Barbara interviewed by Judy Carmichael on NPR’s Jazz Inspired program.
Barbara is putting her 2021 and 2022 calendar together as she emerges from the pandemic restraints.
In November of 2021, Barbara Rosene will continue her long term association with The Harry James Orchestra in a midwestern tour including Cincinnati’s Music Hall and Hillsdale College. The Harry James Orchestra, is led by Fred Radke. Together, they have performed all over America and Canada including The Montreal Jazz Festival. Barbara also works with the wonderful pianists Conal Fowkes, Jon Davis, Rock Wehrmann, guitar master James Chirillo, legendary violinist Andy Stein and many other world class musicians regularly.
2021 also brings more performances at the much revered Mezzrow Jazz Club in NYC, and at the fabulous club Blujazz in Akron, Ohio. A very special recording is in the works- with a fabulous orchestra and guest vocalists whom Barbara adores.
Barbara’s painting career will be taking her to Japan in 2022, and she will hopefully be adding a performance or two to her itinerary. In February 2022 , Barbara will perform with her long time friend and mentor, Vince Giordano at The Stamford CT Pops. Stay tuned for details about all performances.
Thank you for caring and for supporting this great American Art form.