Carroll with Clyde Lombardi (left) and Chuck Wayne, 1947
|Birth name||Barbara Carole Coppersmith|
January 25, 1925|
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
February 12, 2017 (aged 92)|
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Barbara Carroll (born Barbara Carole Coppersmith; January 25, 1925 – February 12, 2017) was an American jazz pianist and vocalist.
Early life and career
Carroll was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. She began her classical training in piano at age eight, but by high school decided to become a jazz pianist. She attended the New England Conservatory of Music for a year, but left it as it conflicted with working for bands. In 1947 Leonard Feather dubbed her "the first girl ever to play bebop piano." In the following year her trio, which featured Chuck Wayne on guitar and Clyde Lombardi on bass, worked briefly with Benny Goodman. Later Charlie Byrd replaced Wayne and Joe Shulman replaced Lombardi. After Byrd's departure, Carroll decided to have it be a drums, bass, and piano trio.
In 1972 she revived her career due to a renewed interest in her work. In 1975 she was asked by Rita Coolidge to work on a session for A&M. In 1978 she toured with Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson. In the following two decades she became known as a cabaret performer.
In September 1954, Carroll married jazz bassist Joe Shulman, a member of the trio. He died from a heart attack in 1957 at age 33. She subsequently married agent and photographer Bert Block, with whom she had a daughter, Suzanne. Block died of emphysema in 1986. In 2011, Carroll married advertising executive Mark Stroock, a union that lasted until her death at 92.
Awards and honors
|1951?||Piano Panorama||Atlantic||10" LP; reissued 1958 as Ladies of Jazz, Atlantic with Mary Lou Williams 10"|
|1954?||Barbara Carroll Trio||RCA Victor||Trio, with Joe Shulman (bass), Herb Wasserman (drums)|
|1955?||Lullabies in Rhythm||RCA Victor|
|1956?||Have You Met Miss Carroll||RCA Victor||Trio, with Joe Shulman (bass), Ralph Pollack (drums)|
|1956||We Couldn't Just Say Goodbye||RCA Victor||Trio, with Joe Shulman (bass), Joe Petti (drums)|
|1957?||It's a Wonderful World||RCA Victor|
|1957?||Funny Face||Verve||Also known as The Best of George and Ira Gershwin|
|1958?||Flower Drum Somg||Kapp|
|1964?||Hello, Dolly||Warner Bros.|
|1964?||What Makes Sammy Run?||Warner Bros.|
|1981?||At the Piano||Trend/Discovery|
|1991?||Live at the Carlyle||DRG||With Claudio Roditi (trumpet), Jay Leonhart (bass), Akira Tana (drums)|
|1993?||This Heart of Mine||DRG||With Jerome Richardson (tenor sax, alto sax), Art Farmer (trumpet), Jay Leonhart and Frank Tate (bass; separately), Joe Cocuzzo (drums)|
|1995?||Everything I Love||DRG|
|2003?||Live at Birdland||Harbinger|
|2006||I Wished On the Moon||Venus||Trio, with Jay Leonhart (bass), Joe Coccuzzo (drums)|
|2008||Something to Live For||Harbinger||Quartet, with Ken Peplowski (tenor sax, clarinet), Jay Leonhart (bass), Alvin Atkinson (drums);in concert|
|2010||How Long Has This Been Going On?||Harbinger||Quartet, with Ken Peplowski and others; in concert|
|2016?||Barbara Carroll Plays at Birdland||Birdland||With Jay Leonhart (bass); in concert|
- Holden, Stephen (February 14, 2017). "Barbara Carroll, Pioneering Jazz Pianist and Singer, Dies at 92". The New York Times. p. A21.
- Gans, Andrew (February 13, 2017). "Barbara Carroll, Jazz Pianist, Is Dead at 92". Playbill. ISSN 0551-0678.
- "Jazz Pianist, Composer, and Vocalist Barbara Carroll Passes Away Age 92". Broadway World. February 12, 2017.
- "Jazz Pianist and Singer Barbara Carroll". NPR. June 9, 2003.