I was reading the February issue of Jazz Improv NY and saw, to my delight, that editor Eric Neumeyer had interviewed the wonderful singer Barbara Rosene. That would be enough of a pleasure, but the following interchange is worth posting and publicizing.
Eric asked her “What advice do you have for aspiring singers who are trying to find their own unique voice and develop their craft?”
Barbara answered, “Please be natural! Affectation and insincerity will catch up with you. Do what thrills you. Do what has meaning for you. Anyone can get up and sing a song. Figure out what the song is really about and then tell your own story through the song.”
That’s invaluable advice, not only for singers, but for instrumentalists. And Barbara embodies it in her own work. You can hear her delight in the songs on her CDs, but especially on her latest issue (Stomp Off 1442), “It Was Only A Sun Shower.”
And Barbara will be appearing with her New Yorkers at Iridium (Broadway at 51st Street) for two shows — 8 and 10 PM — on Tuesday, February 17. Her all-star band will include Jon-Erik Kellso, Michael Hashim, Matt Szemela, Conal Fowkes, Doug Largent, and Kevin Dorn.