Barbara Paris Schedule
In the late 80’s Barbara Paris began performing professionally and since has recorded 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.
She is a Colorado native and is available for performances , clubs, fundraisers, private events. CONTACT Barbara Paris
Call mobile 303-449-3061
Next Public performance is December 1st Saturday 5:30-8p.m.
Barbara Paris will be Celebrating her 64th singing Jazz Standards
The Old Oak Coffee House
136 2nd Ave. Niwot Colorado 80503 Suggested Donation $5.00
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.- Review by Scott Yanow Jazz Historian
Another Review 1992
Barbara Paris is an excellent jazz vocalist able to make even war-horses sound fresh through her enthusiasm and subtle creativity.She grew up in a musical family and as a child played violin, piano and then guitar. Barbara gained early experience as a folk singer while a teenager, but soon discovered jazz. However, music was put on the side for a time, as she worked as a hairdresser. The singer dated her first real jazz performance as having taken place on April 3, l989. Barbara was encouraged by Eddie Shu, a tenor saxophonist formerly with the Gene Krupa, and Claude Tissendier, a saxophonist with Claude Bolling’s Orchestra. She worked in Europe with Tissendier and for five years off and on with pianist Joe Bonner in Colorado.
Barbara Paris has recorded four fine CD’s for her Perea label and is a welcome fixture in the Colorado jazz scene, occasionally singing on both the East and West Coasts and in Europe.- Scott Yanow “All Music Guide to Jazz”