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Baretsky performing to a sold out crowd in New York.
|Born||June 9, 1987|
|Origin||Long Island, New York, United States|
|Instruments||Vocals, piano, harmonica|
JB Baretsky (born June 9, 1987) is an American Popular Jazz singer-songwriter from Long Island, New York. He records and performs classic standards from the Great American Songbook, covers of contemporary music, and original material. He has gained accolades and a growing fan base without having yet released an album. His album Less Is More was projected for release in 2013.
Baretsky grew up in a suburb, outside of New York City. He decided to take his singing career seriously when his uncle died of Lou Gehrig's Disease. He started recording demos in his friend's bedroom, singing over karaoke instrumentals of old standards. He would sing at local dive bars in a suit that was too big for him, singing with a glass of iced tea in his hand, pretending to be tipsy, but telling the audience he was drinking Jack Daniel's; a joke he still uses.
Baretsky developed his first trio in 2010, with fellow students, while studying at St. Joseph's College. They would go to win several school competitions and develop a local following. After graduation, Baretsky performed throughout the New York area, honing his stage experience. Early gigs included restaurants, wine vineyards, and street fairs.
He was discovered in June 2010 by manager Raj Tawney when Baretsky sent him a demo recording of "Moondance" that sparked his interest. Tawney signed him to his New Logic Mgmt, where he began developing Baretsky's career. In the six months following, Tawney frequently took Baretsky to a local recording studio where they recorded dozens of demos.
In 2011, Baretsky began full studio sessions with original instrumentation and musician accompaniment with producer, Matthew Einsidler. There are 24 studio recordings available for streaming on his YouTube channel, consisting of covers and original songs.
Baretsky begin receiving numerous write-ups and interviews with major publications. On September 9, 2011, he was featured in an article in JazzTimes about leading the jazz vocalist genre. He was twice featured in Pulse Magazine for his Lincoln Center performance and then a two-page feature in their May 2012 issue. In the March 2012 issue of Village Connection Magazine, he was featured in a full two-page spread.
He had a successful residency at Huntington Social, in Huntington, New York, from December 2011 to April 2012. A photo shoot for Baretsky was produced inside of the venue in February 2012. On February 3, 2012, Baretsky performed the standard; ""That's Life"" in a live video segment for Jon Chattman's A-Sides Music and The Huffington Post, alongside UK band Twin Atlantic.
On July 30, 2012, his alma mater St. Joseph's College featured Baretsky in their "Alumni Spotlight" as an outstanding alumnus. He was featured on AOL Music's All About Jazz on July 28, 2012, for their "Take Five" column.
Baretsky sold out his first headlining show at Somethin' Jazz Club in New York City on August 11, 2012.
He is recording his debut album, Less Is More, which was projected for a 2013 release. The album will consist of original recordings, including his song "One Nighter." It is undetermined if any covers will appear on the track-listing.
On May 23, 2013, The Long Islander newspaper wrote a feature on Baretsky, detailing his career and promoting his performance with non-for-profit organization, SparkBoom, on May 31, 2013.
On September 28, 2013, St. Joseph's College, Baretsky's alma mater, dedicated a themed event featuring Baretsky and trio. The event, titled "Java, Jazz, and JB Baretsky" was highlighted in Newsday and FIOS 1.
- JB Baretsky – lead vocals, piano, keyboard, harmonica
- Chris Amelar – lead guitar
- Miguel Flores – drums, percussion
- Robert Cruz – bass
- Less is More (2013) - to be released
- Chattman, Jon (3 February 2012). "A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Twin Atlantic Get "Free" and JB Baretsky Serves "Life"". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
- Esposito, Valerie. "Alumni Spotlight: JB Baretsky '10". St. Joseph's College New York. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
- JB Baretsky's channel on YouTube
- Hopkin, Kenyon (9 June 2011). "Local Jazz Singer to Perform at Lincoln Center". Commack Patch. Patch. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
- Heffernan, Lisa (7 June 2011). "Cool down with some Hot Jazz at Lincoln Center with JB Baretsky". Pulse Magazine. Pulse Magazine. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
- Modern Culture (9 September 2011). "JB Baretsky Revives The Past & Ignites The Future". JazzTimes. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
- Heffernan, Lisa (21 May 2012). "Suit Up With JB Baretsky Young gun wants to revive jazz for his generation". Long Island Pulse. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
- Kraese, Danielle Long Island Jazz Vocalist JB Baretsky: Fresh, New Talent In The Form of an Old Soul. "Village Connection Magazine". March 1, 2012.
- "Twin Atlantic Get "Free" and JB Baretsky Serves "Life"". A-Sides with Jon Chattman. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
- Ragogna, Mike (21 March 2012). "From The Beach Boys & Randy Newman To Fleet Foxes & Skrillex: A Conversation With Van Dyke Parks, Plus Calling JB Baretsky's Bluff". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
- Esposito, Valerie (30 July 2012). "Alumni Spotlight: JB Baretsky ’10 Music of the Heart: One Alumnus’ Journey from the Classroom to the Stage". St. Joseph's College. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
- Ricci, Michael (28 July 2012). "Take Five With JB Baretsky". All About Jazz. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
- "August Schedule". Somethin' Jazz Club. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
- Wright, Tim (21 March 2012). "Bands: Main Stage". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
- "One Nighter" by JB Baretsky on YouTube
- "Interview - Jazz Singer, JB Baretsky Talks Music + Dating". The Modern Male Perspective. 15 October 2011. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
- Magnetico, Joe (12 December 2012). "Celebrating His Birthday "A Tribute To Frank Sinatra"". Retrieved 12 December 2012.
- Stark, Ian (28 September 2013). "'Java, Jazz and JB Baretsky’ at St. Joseph's". Newsday. Retrieved 28 September 2013.