Jazz Vocalist Barbara Rosene


Goings On

It’s the middle of 2023, and I am finally updating my webpages. It’s been an amazingly busy year being back in New York and also playing a lot in Ohio with a new group called: Jack Schantz and His Jazz Unit;  Featuring ME! It’s an octet with players from The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra with whom I’ve played many times. The musicians include my beloved pianist Rock Wehrmann and good friend Bassist Aidan Plank. I’ve played at Spike Wilner’s perfect jazz club, Mezzrow a couple of times already and hope to again in the fall. In New York I can be found with my buddy, Jon Davis on piano or my dear old friend Ray Macchiarolla on guitar, at many different venues. Occasionally I sit in with The Nighthawks at Birdland on a Monday night, if I am in town. I continue to tour with The Harry James Orchestra, which is the most fortunate gig a vocalist could ever have. I also just got the word that I will be back in France at Jazz Amarinois in October of 2024. So stay tuned for more performances and art. Thank you for your support and interest.

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

It’s the middle of 2023 and here is what is going on!

Barbara Rosene will continue her long term association with The Harry James Orchestra. 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, and Rock Wehrmann, guitar masters James Chirillo, John Merrill,and Ray Macchiarola and legendary violinist Andy Stein and many other world class musicians regularly.

2023 will bring more performances at the much revered Mezzrow Jazz Club in NYC, and at the fabulous club BLU Jazz in Akron, Ohio.  2023 also brings a collaboration with the new group Jack Schantz and His Jazz Unit in North East Ohio.

Barbara’s painting career will be taking her to Miami for Art Basel, and her gallery Hudson Fine Art, in Hudson Ohio continues their representation. Barbara is in plans with her long time friend and mentor, Vince Giordano for a special recording. Stay tuned for details about all performances, and Art events.

Thank you for caring and for supporting this great American Art form.


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