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Patricia Barber

Patricia Barber, born in 1956, is an American jazz singer, pianist, and bandleader. She was born in Chicago to parents who were both professional musicians (her father is Floyd "Shim" Barber, a former member of Glenn Miller's Band). She was raised and educated in South Sioux City, Nebraska, and completed high school there. Image File history File links PatriciaBarberPressPhoto. ... Image File history File links PatriciaBarberPressPhoto. ... Jazz is a musical art form that originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States around the start of the 20th century. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... Alton Glenn Miller (March 1, 1904 — presumably December 15, 1944), was an American jazz musician and bandleader in the swing era. ... South Sioux City is a city located in Dakota County, Nebraska. ...

Her music is centered on her singing, in a fairly low register and a traditional bluesy-jazz style, and her piano playing, which is technically accomplished. Her repertoire includes many of her own compositions, but also a selection of standards drawn mostly from the classic-rock genre; examples include "Ode to Billie Joe," "A Taste of Honey," and "Black Magic Woman." She is known for imbuing her songs with intelligence and a wide and unusual vocabulary, which results in complex and witty lyrics. Her latest album, Mythologies, is a set of songs based on Ovid's Metamorphoses. Intelligence is the mental capacity to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, comprehend ideas and language, and learn. ... A vocabulary is a set of words known to a person or other entity, or that are part of a specific language. ... Look up Wit in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Lyrics are the words in songs. ... Engraved frontispiece of George Sandyss 1632 London edition of Publius Ovidius Naso (Sulmona, March 20, 43 BC – Tomis, now Constanţa AD 17), a Roman poet known to the English-speaking world as Ovid, wrote on topics of love, abandoned women and mythological transformations. ... Disambiguation: This article is about the poem Metamorphoses written by the poet Ovid. ...

Patricia 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. A lesbian is a woman who is romantically and sexually attracted only to other women. ...

Her albums Cafe Blue, Modern Cool, Companion, Nightclub, and Verse have been reissued by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab on SACD and limited edition 45 rpm half speed mastered, 180 gram audiophile vinyl. Super Audio CD (SACD) is a read-only optical audio disc format aimed at providing much higher fidelity digital audio reproduction than the compact disc. ...


  • Split – 1989
  • Distortion of Love – 1992
  • Cafe Blue – 1994
  • Modern Cool – 1998
  • Companion – 1999
  • Nightclub – 2000
  • Verse – 2002
  • Live: A Fortnight In France – 2004
  • Live: France 2004 DVD2005
  • Mythologies - 2006

For other uses, see Split (disambiguation). ... Look up companion in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Verse is a writing that uses meter as its primary organisational mode, as opposed to prose, which uses grammatical and discoursal units like sentences and paragraphs. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or, incorrectly, Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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NAME Barber, Patricia
SHORT DESCRIPTION American singer-pianist
PLACE OF BIRTH Chicago, Illinois

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Barber has been in the vanguard of the new school of female jazz vocalists who in the past decade have been exploring intriguing improvisational terrain beyond classic balladry and bop-infused standards.
Barber was presented with a scholarship to Northwestern University and returned to obtain a Masters of Music degree in 1996.
In 2003, the acclaimed singer-pianist-composer Patricia Barber became one of the few Jazz musicians ever to be awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and she took the opportunity to create one of the most ambitious and affecting works of her career.
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