Jazz Vocalist Barbara Rosene


Nice and Naughty- Excerpts from Michael Steinman’s Liner Notes

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.

 Michael Steinman

It Had To Be You

My Blackbirds are Bluebirds Now

Say It Isn’t So

Barbara Rosene featured on Jazz Inspired

Listen to Barbara interviewed by Judy Carmichael on NPR’s Jazz Inspired program.

Recent Barbara Rosene News

In 2014, Barbara Rosene traveled with musicians Conal Fowkes and Pete Martinez to France for Jazz Amarinois,  a lovely jazz festival in the Alsace region.  Lake Como, Italy was their next destination where they performed at Hotel Villa Flori.

Other 2014 highlights include an Atlantic crossing on The Crystal Symphony with The Harry James Orchestra,  and a concert for the amazing Battle of The Bulge survivors.

Barbara performs with rag time specialist Terry Waldo,  guitar virtuoso Howard Alden, legendary violinist Andy Stein and many other wonderful musicians regularly.

She continues to tour with The Harry James Orchestra,  led by Fred Radke. They have performed all over America and Canada including  The Montreal Jazz Festival.

2015 brings more performances at Smalls Jazz Club in NYC, regular gigs at Burke and Wills on NYC’s upper west side and more recordings, as Barbara branches out into some other genres of music, not forgetting her love for the music of the great Tin Pan Alley composers.

Stay tuned for great music in 2015.







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