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. A Resident Artist at New York's legendary Birdland Jazz Club, where she performs Saturday nights, recent highlights include a 2-week Residency in Italy at Monteverdi Tuscany and headlining at the Saratoga Jazz Festival with her trio. For a fun live video clip, GO HERE. In 2022 she headlined for the third time at Music Mountain's Jazz series. For a rather surprising answer to the FAQ "How does a NYC singer prepare for a concert in the mountains?" GO HERE. Other highlights include multiple sold-out engagements at Birdland Theater, London's Pizza Express, & headlining at both Carnegie Hall & Lincoln Center.
During the COVID crisis, times were tough for all of us, including performers. Like so many of her colleagues, Barbara streamed out the music from home. For her series of #72andsong, GO HERE.
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 seven MAC awards, three New York Bistro awards, and a New York Nightlife award. Her last CDs, "Busy Being Free" and "Written In The Stars" both won MAC Awards for Record of the Year. Barbara and her husband and 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. Fasano and Comstock are the 2021 recipients of the Donald F. Smith award, presented by the Mabel Mercer foundation, acknowledging their "immeasurable contributions to the international world of cabaret ... and achieving a rank as preeminent jazz stylists." “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 and is a Resident Artist at Birdland Jazz Club where she performs most Saturday evenings, together with Eric Comstock & Sean Smith . 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. Fasano and Comstock headlined in London at Pizza Express, Live at The Pheasantry, bringing "DOWNTON ABBEY ROAD" to its exciting origins and playing to sold-out houses.