NEWS AND EVENTS
2018 featured collaborations with guitarist Glenn Crytzer and his Orchestra, pianist, Terry Waldo and Barbara’s old friend pianist Conal Fowkes who plays regularly with Woody Allen. Barbara also continued her relationship as vocalist with The Harry James Orchestra. This year brought dates at the much revered club, Mezzrow in Greenwhich Village, and had Barbara performing at the lovely new club BLU Jazz in her home state of Ohio. Gigs have also included Blacktail, The Plaza Hotel, Midday Jazz at St. Peter’s and WBGO Radio in Newark New Jersey where Barbara also showed her collection of Jazz Club Paintings. Barbara also spent time decompressing and painting at an Artist’s Residency at Chateau Orquevaux, in France and found inspiration for both her mediums. In March of 2019 Barbara will have her art opening at Hiromart Gallery entitled “Simple Joys”. She will also have her Abstract Art exhibited at Hotel Vila Flori Lake Como Italy, with a reception in April, 2019. Art and music have come together for Barbara and she is busier than she has ever been. Stay tuned for more performances and painting.
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.
The beginning of 2019 saw Barbara in a guest appearance with Glenn Crytzer’s lovely orchestra at Symphony Space in NYC, and a Concert of Henry Mancini Songs For “Concerts of The Western Reserve”, in her home state of Ohio, with piano virtuoso Rock Wehrmann, which aired on Cleveland radio WCLV.
In April of 2019, 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, and Ehud Asherie, guitar master James Chirillo, legendary violinist Andy Stein and many other world class musicians regularly.
Barbara’s painting career is taking her to Japan and to Italy this year. Her series of Jazz Club Paintings is available for viewing at: www.barbararosenestudio.art
2019 brings more performances at the much revered Mezzrow Jazz Club in NYC, and at the fabulous new club Blujazz in Akron, Ohio. One more recording is in the works- possibly on vinyl….
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