7th December 2010
Barbara is a singer/songwriter whose ballads and solid swing tunes provide the perfect vehicle for her mellow voice and direct delivery.
"Sweet", is a fine collection of original material and runs the gamut from soulful ballads to cool swing.
Born into a musical family (her mother was a cellist and her sister, an accomplished pianist) she began her professional music career as a bassist in Phoenix - country, pop, rock and roll. After two years on the road on the hotel circuit, Barbara recorded with new-country group, Gotham Rose, opening shows for greats George Jones, Patty Loveless, Toby Keith and Diamond Rio, among others. The group received extensive radio play across Europe in the 90's and remains a project she is extremely proud of.
In 2000 she set down her bass and picked up a mic with her hometown swing big band. Soon, the area's most gifted jazz musicians were calling and Barbara now lives, writes and sings in upstate New York.
"If this girl didn't live [locally] she'd be writing tunes and lyrics for LA screen projects." - Dan Hull, drummer
"There will never be another Karen Carpenter, BUT, not trying to, new vocalist Barbara Jean is hauntingly close...real close....It's nuance." - Michael Matheny, Radioio
"The wonderful compositions, the ultra smart, clever...and inspirational lyrics, the varied subject matter, the range of emotions, the humor are unbelievable. And the....vocals are thrilling." - Mark Shepard, vibraphonist
“Henry Mancini, eat your heart out!” - Buffalo News Live Review
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