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Barbara Sfraga

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Barbara Sfraga is an artist who gathers no moss as she rolls through life, constantly evolving. Jazz Times said “She has never met a genre she didn't like or couldn't assimilate.” Described as “consistently inventive” (Billboard) and “jazz singing at its cutting edge best” (LA Times), she’s been on a musical journey that evolved from church organist to rock keyboardist to ‘voicist’. A classically trained vocalist, Barbara jumped ship to sing rock, pop, R&B and jazz. She throws all those influences into the pot to create and sing the music she feels with no boundaries, as evidenced in her recordings, “Oh, What a Thrill” (1999, Naxos Jazz), “Under the Moon” (2003, A440 Music Group) and the most current “Timelessness Frozen in Time” (2006, SyncTimiCity), a collective effort featuring keyboardist/vocalist Mala Waldron, bass artisan Christopher Dean Sullivan, soundrhythium Michael T.A. Thompson and multi-reedist Allen Won.

Article: Album Review

Joe Locke: Love Is a Pendulum

Read "Love Is a Pendulum" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


L'alto livello dimostrato in decenni di attività da Joe Locke come vibrafonista e compositore, sta trovando ampia accettazione da parte di pubblico e critica. Le ultime incisioni -realizzate dopo l'ingresso nella scuderiia Motéma Music -hanno riscontrato alti consensi e molto più avviene per questo progetto: il più convincente, maturo e appassionante da lui realizzato.

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Joe Locke's Love Affair with Language

Read "Joe Locke's Love Affair with Language" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


On the surface it's not so easy to spot the common thread unifying the greater fabric of Joe Locke's work. Since arriving in New York City in 1981, and emerging as a notable leader on record in the early '90s, this much-vaunted vibraphonist has developed into a protean performer and composer. Duo sessions with pianists Frank ...

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Article: Album Review

Joe Locke: Love Is A Pendulum

Read "Love Is A Pendulum" reviewed by Troy Collins


Since the late '80s vibraphonist Joe Locke, an artist who defies categorization, has performed and recorded with a diverse array of musicians, including Eddie Henderson, Cecil Taylor, and The Beastie Boys. Love Is A Pendulum, his fourth release on the Harlem-based Motema label, features some of Locke's most compelling music to date, the centerpiece of which ...

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News: Performance / Tour

"Bassbass'n'voicethang" with Special Guest Andrea Wolper

"Bassbass'n'voicethang" with Special Guest Andrea Wolper

WHAT: Golda Solomon's Po' Jazz... bassbass'n'voicethang WHO: Barbara Sfraga, vox Christopher Dean Sullivan, bass Ken Filiano, bass and special guest poet/vocalist Andrea Wolper WHERE: Cornelia Street Cafe WHEN: Thursday, August 21st 6:00 pm & 7:00 pm sets Another ...

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Timelessness Frozen In Time

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2007
Track listing: Hang On, Fly Home; Tell Me; Cool Water; Dancing in the Rain; Tell Me Something Good/One Thang; Timelessness Frozen In Time; All Night Long; Be There; Love Breaks Free; I'm In The Light.

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Article: Album Review

Barbara Sfraga: Timelessness Frozen In Time

Read "Timelessness Frozen In Time" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone


New York-based jazz singer Barbara Sfraga is not afraid to take musical steps forward (or sideways) and that shows fully on Timelessness Frozen in Time. Previous albums Oh, What A Thrill( ( Naxos, 1998) and Under The Moon (A440, 2003) have exhibited Sfraga's ability to at least partially deconstruct the Great American Songbook and provide a ...

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Under The Moon

Label: A440 Music
Released: 2004
Track listing: Stardust; I

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Article: Interview

Barbara Sfraga at IAJE

Read "Barbara Sfraga at IAJE" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner


With her recent release, Under The Moon, singer/songwriter Barbara Sfraga has proven herself one of jazz’s foremost vocalists. More than willing to step away from standard arrangements and approach multiple genres, Sfraga is not only a talented performer, she’s an innovative arranger. Catching up with Ms. Sfraga at this year’s International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) ...

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Barbara Sfraga: Under The Moon

Read "Under The Moon" reviewed by Jim Santella


Her teachers early on included Mark Murphy, Sheila Jordan, Sal Mosca, Janet Lawson, and Jay Clayton. No wonder she’s so unique. Barbara Sfraga is relatively new on the scene. The vocalist began leading her own band in 1990. Under The Moon is her second album. She proved on What A Thrill (Naxos) that her ...


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