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.