November 8, 1955 |
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Patricia Barber (born November 8, 1955) is an American jazz and blues singer, pianist, songwriter, and bandleader. She was awarded Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 in Creative Arts – Music Composition field.
Barber was born in Chicago, Illinois to parents who were both professional musicians. Her father, Floyd "Shim" Barber, was a former member of Glenn Miller's band. Barber was raised in South Sioux City, Nebraska. Her music is centered on her singing, in a fairly low register and a traditional blues-jazz style, and her piano playing, which is technically accomplished. Her repertoire includes original compositions and standards drawn mostly from classic rock, including "Ode to Billie Joe", "A Taste of Honey", and "Black Magic Woman".
Her 2006 album, Mythologies, is a set of songs based on Ovid's Metamorphoses. In 2007, Premonition Records presented The Premonition Years: 1994–2002, a three-CD box set of Barber recordings divided into originals, standards, and pop. The set includes unreleased tracks and selected songs previously released on Cafe Blue, Modern Cool, Companion, Nightclub and Verse. Those five albums have been reissued by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab on SACD and limited edition 45 rpm half speed mastered, 180 gram audiophile vinyl.
Barber is a lesbian; interviews with her suggest that she does not try to hide this fact, but that she 'tires' of the public interest in her sexuality and dislikes the fact that it contributes to her fame. In November 2008, she was interviewed by Gregg Shapiro of Gay & Lesbian Times, a San Diego magazine.
- A Distortion of Love (Antilles, 1992)
- Café Blue (Premonition, 1994)
- Split (Floyd, 1997)
- Modern Cool (Premonition, 1998)
- Companion (Blue Note, 1999)
- Nightclub (Premonition/Blue Note, 2000)
- Verse (Premonition/Blue Note, 2002)
- Live: A Fortnight in France (Blue Note, 2004)
- Mythologies (Blue Note, 2006)
- The Cole Porter Mix (Blue Note, 2008)
- Smash (Concord Jazz, 2013)
- "Barber Awarded Fellowship by Guggenheim Foundation in 2003". gf.org. Retrieved 2010-11-22.
- "The Premonition Years: 1994–2002". artistdirect.com. Retrieved 2010-11-22.
- "Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab Releases of Barber". mofi.com Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab. Retrieved 2010-11-22.
- Schlesinger, Judith. "Patricia Barber: The Cole Porter Mix". All About Jazz. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
- "In the 'Mix': An Interview With Patricia Barber". gaylesbiantimes.com Published November 6, 2008, in issue 1089. Retrieved 2010-11-22.
- Reich, Howard (14 July 2015). "Patricia Barber: Ever searching for the new sound". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
- "Renée Fleming and Patricia Barber". Harris Theater (Chicago). Retrieved 28 June 2016.
- "Patricia Barber | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 April 2017.