Born in Munich, Germany, in 1964, Barbara Dennerlein fell in love with the Hammond organ sound at an early age. She was eleven when the first home organ was given to her for Christmas. After only one and a half years of lessons she decided to continue autodidactic, relying upon her highly visible talent. She began to develop her own inimitable style and finally her jazz enthusiastic parents decided to buy an original Hammond B3.
Barbara became acquainted with the history of the instrument and went on her own journey of discovery in the world of music. In addition to studying the classical repertoire of standards, she also began to compose her own numbers very early on. Following first performances as a thirteen-year-old, she began to play in clubs at the age of fifteen. In the early eighties she was already fêted as the “organ tornado from Munich”.
After her first TV appearances in 1982 Barbara began to record for LP's and included own compositions right from the beginning. Her third LP “Bebab” (a compound of 'bebop' and 'Barbara') was released by her likewise named own record label which she established at age 20. Having received the German jazz critics award for it, her popularity increased tremendously in Europe and finally grew into a world wide reputation. “Harper's Bazaar” wondered: “How did this Fräulein get so funky?“ and the Los Angeles Times headlined with: ”German Organist Pumps You Out”.