Barbara Paris E-Press and Performances

In the late 80’s Barbara Paris began performing professionally and since has self produced several fine CD’s on Perea Productions LLC.  Classic jazz and some original tunes and gems from the American Songbook, bossa nova, blues and swing.

Barbara Paris is available for performances, educational workshops, clubs, fundraisers, private events.

CONTACT Barbara Paris 

Phone 303-449-3061

JazzTimes

“Paris is a wonderfully expressive vocalist.”- Chuck Berg Jazztimes

” You’re good!”  Gary Giddins Village Voice

“Blessed with a very appealing voice and the ability to express herself musically.”

-Scott Yanow All Music Guide to Jazz

Explore Music by Barbara Paris

Events

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Saturday January 12th  Barbara Paris “Supper Club Jazz” 6:30-9:30 p.m. No Cover

Nonna’s Chicago Bistro (303) 399-2000 Suggested Dinner Reservations for Music

6603 Leetsdale Dr H & I, Denver, CO 80224

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Thursday February 14th “Valentines Day” 6-9p.m. Keith Waters and Barbara Paris

Inkberry Bookstore,Cottonwood Shopping Center
7960 Niwot Road Suite B-3 Niwot, CO 80503
(720) 412-1548 $10.00 cover includes wine and little bites

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Sat. April 20th  and July 13th Barbara Paris Duo 

Old Oak 136 2nd Ave. Niwot Colorado 80503

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BIOGRAPHY

Throughout her singing career, Barbara Paris has always displayed an attractive voice, a swinging style, and a dedication to the jazz standards that inspire her. “My heart is in classic jazz which I completely love,” she says. “This is the music that feeds my soul.”

In 2012, Barbara began a five-year period working with the late pianist Billy Wallace who recorded “Jazz In 3/4 Time” with Max Roach, accompanied Charlie Parker in the 1950s, worked with Joe Williams, Carmen McRae, and Anita O’Day and appeared opposite stage with Billie Holiday. “I loved our musical encounters. Billy knew 5000 tunes in every key. He gave me musical freedom and the rare opportunity to sing such songs as ‘It Shouldn’t Happen To A Dream’ and ‘If You Go Away.”

When asked to name a few of her favorite jazz moments, she remembers, “One was performing with Joe Pass at Vine Street in Hollywood, sitting in with him and singing ‘If I Should Lose You.’ I felt honored to sing with Junior Mance once, to be asked to sit in by Freddie Hubbard and sit in at the Cotton Club . But my favorite gigs were every night with Joe Bonner.

Barbara Paris is featured on six CDs so far: 1992’s Where Butterflies Play, Happy Talk which has her joined by Joe Bonner in a quartet, Day By Day with Nancy Wilson’s rhythm section (pianist Llew Matthews, bassist John B. Williams and drummer Roy McCurdy), a set of duets with Joe Bonner (P.S. I Love You), Swing, Ballads, Blues & Bossa Nova (a sampler drawn from her earlier recordings), and the most recent set, Nine Decades Of Jazz which features her with the Billy Wallace Trio. While she remains based in Colorado, Paris has plans to make return trips to New York, Paris and Japan. She is looking forward to bringing her music to a larger audience. “I have many ideas for future projects and would love to do a big band recording someday. I plan to keep on performing and recording as much as possible. The music has a life of its own and I trust where it will take me.”

Books Barbara Paris is reviewed in:

Jazz Singer- Scott Yanow

All Music Guide to Jazz

Singing Jazz~ Bruce and Mike Pinfol  “She has a clear sensuous voice and selects her repertpire from popular and jazz standards from the 40’s and later.” Bruce  Crowther & Mike Pinfold

Festivals:

Downtown Denver Jazz Festival

Gaylord Street Festival

Longmont Jazz Festival

Hermosa Beach Festival

Cherry Creek Arts and Music Festival

 

 

 

You tube

Barbara Paris Live

Pathways to Jazz Grant Reciepient 2014
Listen:

Barbara Paris, an appealing jazz singer from Denver, has grown in power and creativity through the years. On Nine Decades Of Jazz (available from www.barbarapariscom), she performs a wide variety of material that ranges from “Dark Town Strutters Ball” and a catchy version of “Knock Me A Kiss” to “Splanky,” “The Song Is Ended” and two of her originals including a tribute to the late pianist Joe Bonner (“Ode To Joe”). She swings throughout, scats when it fits, and puts heartfelt emotion into the ballads including “Summer of ‘42” and “I Wanna Be Loved.” Joining her are pianist Billy Wallace, bassist Ken Walker and drummer Jill Fredrickson. If the name of Billy Wallace sounds slightly familiar, it may be because he was a member of the Max Roach Quintet (recording Jazz In 3/4 Time) in 1957, and recorded with Frank Strozier, Billy Mitchell and Bunky Green in the early 1960s. While he has been in obscurity for decades, the pianist sounds in top form throughout this set, creating boppish solos in his own infectious style and making one happy that he is still on the scene. Clearly Wallace and Ms. Paris inspire each other and the results are quite rewarding. This is the Barbara Paris CD to get.-  Scott Yanow

L.A. Jazz Scene

 

Other Reviews:

Village Voice

‘You’re good.”- Gary Giddins

LA Jazz Scene

“Barbara Paris does come to us convincingly, with a genuine spirit easily recognized.”-Jim Santella

The Denver Post

“This singer has a rare gift-a style all her own.”-Jeff Bradley

Singing Jazz 

“She has a clear sensuous voice and selects her repertpire from popular and jazz standards from the 40’s and later.” Bruce  Crowther & Mike Pinfold

 

 

 

Live Radio 

KUVO Denver

KGNU Boulder

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