Sally Barr shatters expectations of an instrumentalist (classical violinist/violist, pianist, and sometimes mandolin player), jazz vocalist, producer, and educator with a list of credentials that reads like the art section of a medium-sized city’s newspaper. As a Jill of these trades, master of each, Barr has become a sought-after and diverse stage and studio performer, musical mentor, and artist humanitarian.
The Jazz Singer
Sally Barr and the SB Cats @ SOhO June 30
Sally Barr and her new jazz orchestra gave a fine and highly promising performance at SOhO on Monday night. Barr, a violinist who has long been a mainstay in that capacity on the Santa Barbara classical music scene, showed once again that she has a terrific voice and unerring taste in both material and musicians. The set list read like a lesson in crucial jazz standards, the kind everyone should know. Ain't Misbehavin' was followed by April in Paris, You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To, and an up-tempo version of Blue Skies. The band, a handpicked assemblage of the absolute top players in town, included Jim Connolly (bass), Jon Nathan (drums/arrangements), Brad Rabuchin (guitar), Tom Buckner (sax/flute/clarinet), and Jim Mooy (trumpet)