Patricia Barber Trio; Monday, October 28


Patricia Barber Trio
Monday, October 28, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz

“…smart songs about the way we think and live.” – New York Times

The street-smart metaphors and black comedy Patricia Barber uses in her lyrics have a tendency to smash gloriously against her jagged piano phrases. They are then fused back together by her sinuous and smoky alto voice, making for a truly one-of-a-kind musical experience. Her new album, Smash, features a new band and a fresh batch of compositions. An intelligent and committed songwriter, Barber tackles the familiar subjects of ‘love and loss,’ but with nuance and depth. Quirky, insistently independent and emotionally cool, she’s attracted a dedicated following with her rigorous songwriting craft and sly, harmonically deft piano work.

From her early days of leading jazz trios in small Chicago nightclubs, from the Gold Star Sardine Bar to the legendary Green Mill, Barber has drawn extravagant accolades. These first came from fellow musicians, impressed by her unique song arrangements and svelte piano improvisations, but when she added her vocals/lyrics to the mix and started recording albums, the praise expanded to reviewers and new fans across the globe.

Perhaps more than any other jazz artist, Barber has been considered a talent in the poet’s discipline. In a 2005 issue of Poetry Magazine she wrote: “I am a songwriter, which is not the same thing as a poet. Poetry is a passion, my ever-present guide and inspiration…like music, poetry is created in the mouth, in the ear, and in the air.”  Occupying a special place in the jazz world with her poetry-infused compositions has led the Los Angeles Times to refer to Barber as “one of the most utterly individual jazz performers to arrive on the scene in years.”

With her first two albums on the Premonition label selling more than 120,000 copies, she followed them up with the epic Mythologies, released on Blue Note in 2006. Supported by a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in composition (the first ever awarded to a non-classical song Mythologies is a genre-crashing song cycle based on the writings of the ancient Roman poet Ovid). This year’s Smash, her Concord Jazz debut, continues the literate lineage of her discography and finds her getting back to a more contemporary lyrical setting. Bringing this new music to the stage, Barber will be joined by her new band mates, Patrick Mulcahy on bass and Ross Pederson on drums.

Patricia Barber Trio

DATE: Monday, October 28, 2013
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $25/Adv $28/Door, No Comps
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Kelly Johanns-DiCillo
(216) 464-2313 Ext. 247

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