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Songs to Aging Children Come

Read "Songs to Aging Children Come" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This week we celebrate new releases by vocalist Cyrille Aimee, pianist Betty Bryant, saxophonist Jazmin Ghent and we give a look at some interesting old and new duets of songs by Joni Mitchell, including a new single by Carol Lipnik and Rachelle Garniez in the final hour. Then some shout outs to Barbara Carroll, Etta James, ...


Barbara Carroll (RCA Years)

Barbara Carroll (RCA Years)

In February, just after pianist Barbara Carroll's death, I posted a tribute in which I focused on the grace of her chord voicings and swing time in the early 1950s. From 1954 to 1956, she was with RCA and recorded five superb albums. Prior to these dates in the '50s, Carroll recorded 10-inch albums for the ...


Barbara Carroll (1925-2017)

Barbara Carroll (1925-2017)

Barbara Carroll, a gifted jazz and pop pianist who made a name for herself in New York in the 1940s as a standout bop player with a proclivity for block chords and impeccable time, died on Feb. 12. She was 92. Carroll came up at a time when most skilled female jazz pianists could find steady work ...


Barbara Carroll at Feinstein's - Two Nights Only!!

Barbara Carroll at Feinstein's - Two Nights Only!!

FEINSTEIN’S AT LOEWS REGENCY, the nightclub proclaimed “Best of New York” by New York Magazine, and “an invaluable New York institution” by The New York Post, continues its 10th Anniversary season with the debut of renowned jazz pianist, composer and vocalist BARBARA CARROLL. The show, which will also feature Jay Leonhart on bass, runs Friday, July ...


Barbara Carroll: Barbara at Birdland

Read "Barbara at Birdland" reviewed by Elliott Simon

A subtle Jay Leonhart bass bridge from Harold Arlen's classic “Blues in the Night" segues into the enchanting melody of “You and the Night and the Music" after a tension-building piano/bass/cymbal opener. Such is the stuff that legendary pianist Barbara Carroll brings together on Live at Birdland. Recorded at the NYC venue with her first-call rhythm ...


Barbara Carroll: Vintage Wine

Read "Barbara Carroll: Vintage Wine" reviewed by Nick Catalano

There are evenings in a reviewer's life when the mind is replenished, the soul is uplifted and the blood sings. You've just witnessed an ingenious performance and can't wait to get home and write about it, even though you feel you cannot possibly capture the spirit of the evening with your feeble prose. Such an event ...


Barbara Carroll: One Morning in May

Read "One Morning in May" reviewed by Dave Nathan

There must be something in the water and soil of New York City which explains why that one discrete location can be the mainspring for the planting and harvesting of the many stylish, sophisticated and elegant pianists heard on Barbara Carroll's latest release, One Morning in May.

There has been a long line ...