Patricia Barber

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Patricia Barber
Patricia Barber Nasjonal Jazzscene 2017 (212649).jpg
Background information
Born (1955-11-08) November 8, 1955 (age 66)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation(s)Singer, musician
Instrument(s)Vocals, piano
LabelsArtistShare, Blue Note, Premonition

Patricia Barber (born November 8, 1955) is an American jazz and blues singer, pianist, songwriter, and bandleader.


Barber's father Floyd was a jazz saxophonist who played with Bud Freeman and Glenn Miller.[1] Patricia Barber learned saxophone and piano in her youth and started singing in high school musicals.[1] She concentrated on piano at the University of Iowa in the early 1970s.[1] After graduating, she performed at bars and clubs in Chicago.[1] She won a Guggenheim Fellowship in music composition in March 2003, an unusual accomplishment for someone working in the field of popular songwriting.[2] She used it to create a song cycle based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Barber is a lesbian; interviews with her suggest she does not try to hide this fact, but she "tires" of the public interest in her sexuality and that it contributes to her fame. In November 2008, she was interviewed by Gregg Shapiro of Gay and Lesbian Times.[3]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • She was given a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 in the field of Creative Arts – Music Composition.[4]
  • She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2019.[5]


An asterisk (*) indicates that the year is that of release.

Year recorded Title Label Personnel/Notes
1989* Split Floyd Trio, with Michael Arnopol (bass), Mark Walker (drums)
1991 A Distortion of Love Antilles With Wolfgang Muthspiel (guitar), Marc Johnson (bass), Adam Nussbaum (drums, percussion, finger snaps), Carla White and Big Kahuna (finger snaps)
1994 Café Blue Premonition With John McLean (guitar), Michael Arnopol (bass), Mark Walker (drums, percussion)
1998 Modern Cool Premonition With John McLean (guitar), Michael Arnopol (bass), Mark Walker (drums, percussion), Dave Douglas (trumpet), Jeff Stitely (udu), Choral Thunder Vocal Choir
1999 Companion Premonition With John McLean (guitar), Michael Arnopol (bass), Eric Montzka (drums, percussion), Ruben P. Alvarez (percussion); Jason Narducy (vocals) added on one track
2000* Nightclub Premonition/Blue Note With Marc Johnson and Michael Arnopol (bass; separately), Adam Nussbaum and Adam Cruz (drums; separately), Charlie Hunter (guitar)
2002* Verse Premonition/Blue Note Most tracks quartet, with Dave Douglas (trumpet), Neal Alger (guitar), Michael Arnopol (bass), Joey Baron (drums); one track quartet with Eric Montzka (drums) replacing Baron; one track with Cliff Colnot String Ensemble added
2004* Live: A Fortnight in France Blue Note Quartet, with Neal Alger (guitar), Michael Arnapol (bass), Eric Montzka (drums)
2006* Mythologies Blue Note Most tracks quartet, with Neal Alger (guitar), Michael Arnapol (bass), Eric Montzka (drums); some tracks with Jim Gailloreto (sax) added; some tracks with various vocalists added
2008* The Cole Porter Mix Blue Note Most tracks quartet, with Neal Alger (guitar), Michael Arnopol (bass), Eric Montzka (drums, percussion); some tracks quintet, with Chris Potter (tenor sax) added; some tracks quartet with Alger (guitar), Arnopol (bass), Nate Smith (drums, percussion)
2010 Live in Concert Floyd Duo, with Kenny Werner (piano); in concert
2013* Smash Concord Jazz
2019 Higher ArtistShare Recording of song cycle "Angels, Birds and I…"
2021 Clique Impex Records A product of the same recording sessions as her 2019 album Higher.



  1. ^ a b c d e Yanow, Scott (2008). The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide. Backbeat. p. 109. ISBN 978-0-87930-825-4. LCCN 2008039171. OCLC 767843314. OL 8128605M.
  2. ^ "Barber Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship". Downbeat. Maher Publications. Retrieved December 12, 2021.
  3. ^ "In the 'Mix': An Interview With Patricia Barber". Published November 6, 2008, in issue 1089. Archived from the original on December 31, 2010. Retrieved November 22, 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  4. ^ "Barber Awarded Fellowship by Guggenheim Foundation in 2003". Archived from the original on May 30, 2011. Retrieved November 22, 2010.
  5. ^ "2019 Fellows and International Honorary Members with their affiliations at the time of election". Retrieved March 3, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "Patricia Barber | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  7. ^ "Patricia Barber | The Higher Project". ArtistShare. Retrieved January 18, 2019.

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