Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Barbara Rosene is a passionate vocalist whose interpretations uncover the richness of jazz classics through the subtle, skilled delivery of one truly in love with the genre she sings.
Vibrantly at home in a style reflective of 1920s and 1930s jazz artists, Rosene gives voice to songs in ways that are both gracefully provocative and warmly welcoming. In her established career she has shared stages with jazz icons, performing internationally with The Harry James Orchestra, sitting in with Les Paul at New York’s Iridium Jazz Club, with the Woody Allen Band, at The Carlyle Hotel, as well as directing her own New Yorkers, and guest performing with orchestras and in festivals across the world.
Influenced by the Tin Pan Alley composers from the era she celebrates, and by singers such as Mildred Bailey and Ella Fitzgerald, she has been recognized by NPR, The New School, Backstage Magazine (Bistro Award, 2006), and is featured in Scott Yanow’s “Great Jazz Singers.”
Rosene is personally committed to the significance of jazz music in American Popular Song and in America’s roots and spirit. Finding the soul of a song and linking its heart and expression with her own story brings this seductive blonde singer the satisfaction of a career well-spent.
“Do what thrills you. Do what has meaning,” says Rosene, genuinely. “One thing I know is that it really is a privilege to perform. When someone is touched or broadened by something you have given them it is a gift to be able to give back to the world in that way.”
Her next album On The Brink will be released in the fall of 2010, on Bluesback Records. www.barbararosene.com.