ACOUSTICALLY YOURS: BARBARA ROSENE, DANNY TOBIAS, CONAL FOWKES (June 2, 2016)

I’ve known the warmly delightful singer Barbara Rosene for a dozen years . . . encountering her first, I believe, at The Cajun.  Barbara has been pursuing a different — but related — art recently, with paintings of jazz scenes in New York and a few depictions elsewhere.

Rosene Birdland booklet

To learn more about Barbara’s paintings and the book above, visit here.

Barbara held a showing of her paintings at Mezzrow, on West Tenth Street, last Thursday, and a number of art lovers showed up to admire.  Many friends were there: Neal Siegal, Debbie Kennedy, Dan Morgenstern, Simon Wettenhall, Pete Martinez, Conal Fowkes, Danny Tobias, Hank O’Neal, Maggie Condon, Marcia Salter, and many others.

Where Barbara is, music follows.  As it did, impromptu and without amplification.  The happy results below.

Conal Fowkes at the piano, exploring DEEP NIGHT, a song he recalled playing for Barbara many moons ago:

Danny Tobias joined Conal for a lyrical WRAP YOUR TROUBLES IN DREAMS:

LADY BE GOOD:

THESE FOOLISH THINGS:

THIS CAN’T BE LOVE:

SUNDAY:

LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME:

Barbara was urged to come up and sing, which she did, beautifully, without amplification, allowing the resonant beauty of her voice to come through with great clarity, on IT HAD TO BE YOU:

SWEET LORRAINE:

Barbara returned for A HUNDRED YEARS FROM TODAY:

How I wish that more jazz sessions could be like this: singing, relaxed, melodic, lyrical.  Maybe someone needs to start booking Fowkes-Tobias-Rosene?

May your happiness increase!

 

4 responses to “ACOUSTICALLY YOURS: BARBARA ROSENE, DANNY TOBIAS, CONAL FOWKES (June 2, 2016)

  1. Frank Wilner

    Thank you so much for your blog; these great notes & the video’s that accompany. I was not familiar with Barbara Rosene’s recordings and approach. I have since ordered one of her albums “Nice and Naughty” and I’ve communicated with her. She seems like such a sweetheart. I have a radio jazz show here in Concord,N.H. called “Voices In Jazz” playing lots of great vocalists both past & present. The “Great American Songbook” is well represented on my show and thanks to you I now know about Barbara..such a unique approach with songs from the 20’s & 30’s.How special is that! Thank you so much & keep these great notes coming.

  2. superb. do you know of any places in the phila. area that play music like this. i don t.

  3. I don’t know Philadelphia, but I do know that Marty Grosz, Dan Block, and Danny Tobias played the Mermaid Inn late in May. Did you manage to make that gig, Peter?

  4. Don "Zoot" Conner

    Ten remarkable videos by a magnificent trio.Thank you,Michael.

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