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Barbara Fasano

Barbara Fasano, whose fourth CD “BUSY BEING FREE" (MAC Award ~ Major Recording of the Year) was released to critical acclaim ("My favorite new vocal album" — Will Friedwald, WSJ) has been hailed as one of the nation’s most stunning and soulful singers. Fasano recently headlined at the Saratoga Jazz Festival with her trio, and Music Mountain's "Twilight Jazz" series. She is a resident artist at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club, appearing most Saturdays with pianist/singer Eric Comstock and bassist Sean Smith, as well as multiple engagements in the new Birdland Theater.

Frank Scheck of The New York Post proclaims, "Fasano is a gorgeous, soulful singer who has an actor’s intensity in whatever she sings." Radio host and critic Ron Forman puts Fasano in "the top tier of today's jazz vocalists." Whether singing a song by Joni Mitchell or Harold Arlen or Cole Porter, Fasano takes her audience on a spellbinding, emotional musical journey. Her performances and recordings have won her three New York Bistro awards, seven MAC awards and a New York Nightlife award. Barbara and her frequent musical partner Eric Comstock are four-time winners of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs MAC Award for Major Duo Artists of the Year. “Mr. Comstock and Ms. Fasano are turning the neighborhood into a hotbed of pleasure,” raves The New York Times.

Fasano is a regular performer at New York’s most prestigious clubs. Together with Eric Comstock, she was among the last singers to headline at the Algonquin’s legendary Oak Room supper club, with their show “HELLUVA TOWN: A New York Soundtrack”, which enjoyed an acclaimed and sold-out run and continues to tour the country. The New York Times’ Stephen Holden called it “exhilarating”, singling out Fasano as a “lyrically sensitive interpreter with a special affinity for Joni Mitchell” and comparing her to another of her idols, Lena Horne — further proof of the breadth of Fasano's artistry. Their show "Shoulder Season" won unanimous raves, & together they were again awarded the MAC Award for Major Duo Artists, as well as receiving a Broadway World nomination for Duo Show of the Year. Their concert "DOWNTON ABBEY ROAD: The Best of Britain", a celebration of "American" standards that were penned across the pond, opened at Birdland Jazz Club in New York, completed a run at the Kravis Center in Palm Beach, and has toured Provincetown, Baltimore, Binghamton, East Hampton, & headlined at the Gaslight Festival in St. Louis. In May 2019, Fasano & Comstock headlined at Pizza Express, Live at The Pheasantry in London, bringing the show right to its exciting origins and playing to sold-out houses.

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"Barbara Fasano sings with such deeply felt belief in her material that the art she practices is closer to pure expression than interpretation. Her take on 'Photographs,' in which she brings at least three levels to the song at the same time, is worth the price of the CD." — David Hajdu, music critic for The Nation

"My favorite new vocal album is Barbara Fasano's BUSY BEING FREE. Barbara puts Joni Mitchell and Jimmy Webb on a level playing field with Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin and makes them all sound equally terrific. Typically outstanding musical direction by John di Martino (and playing from reed polymath Aaron Heick and that famous cornetist "whinnying Warren" Vache) completes the package. Wonderful!" — Author and jazz critic Will Friedwald

"Barbara Fasano is the real deal! A natural romantic interpreter... The beauty of the Arlen songs and the breathlessness of Fasano’s beautiful singing comes fully through. Each musical genre has examples of albums that demand repeated listening and appreciation... this is one of them!"
— Michael P. Gladstone, All About Jazz

"La Fasano is an excellent interpreter, as much at ease with jazz as with music having cabaret roots... the perfect interpretation of Arlen’s songs with a sophisticated voice ..."
— Vittorio Lo Conte, All About Jazz, Italia

"Barbara Fasano bears a distant vocal resemblance to Lena Horne... a lyrically sensitive interpreter ... turning the neighborhood into a hotbead of pleasure..." —Stephen Holden, The New York Times

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Primary Instrument

Voice / vocals

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

The art of song interpretation ... My life's work is about digging deep into myself to mine the experiences I've had and then bringing those experiences, those truths to a song. I love the process of discovery. And I love the joy of communicating through music. And I really love sharing what I've learned with other students and singers. In addition to directing, my work as a teacher in New York and around the country includes private coaching, workshops and master classes in the art of performance and song interpretation

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

BUSY BEING FREE

Human Child Records / Harbinger Records
2015

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Written In The Stars

Human Child Records
2006

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THE GIRLS OF SUMMER

Human Child Records
1998

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BARBARA FASANO

Human Child Records
1995

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Come Rain or Come Shine

From: Written In The Stars
By Barbara Fasano

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