Barbara Carroll

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Descriptive "tags": female vocalists jazz cabaret piano female under 2000 listeners favorit blue note Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: Wikipedia

Biography

Barbara Carole Coppersmith, 25 January 1925, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. Carroll studied piano formally and in her early 20s became well known in New York playing bop with her own trio, which at one time included Charlie Byrd. Many leading bop musicians played with the group, finding Carroll’s good ears and technical virtuosity to be ideal accompaniment. Carroll played widely throughout the 50s but then left music for some time in order to raise a family. In the mid-70s she returned to play clubs and festivals. Carroll’s classical training, allied as it is to an early influential liking for Nat ‘King’ Cole’s piano playing, have helped bring a distinctive flavour to her work. She plays with deftness and a sure sense of the harmonic complexities of bop. She occasionally also sings in an engagingly diffident manner.

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