The Jazz Bakery’s movable feast brings a feast of poetry set to jazz, Saturday March 2, to the Musician’s Institute Concert Center headlining the Patricia Barber Quartet.
Playing original compositions from her new Concord release Smash, Barber takes you on a voyage of love and despair chronicling a love story gone sour with all the conflicting emotions accompanying the roller-coaster of romantic liaisons
This inventive tune-smiths compositions, tell her individual tales with an original voice and jazz piano notes. Barber’s unique artistry has won this singer-songwriter international acclaim, with critics lauding her fiercely individual style, revealing raw emotion and cutting edge honesty.Veteran music writer Don Heckman for the Los Angeles Times, called Barber, “one of the most utterly individual jazz performers to arrive on the scene in years.”
While Barber’s haunting heartbreak can be as disquieting as waiting for the call that doesn’t come, her dry wit and inventive word craft create magical moments. A consummate jazz pianist, innovative librettist, this song-poet takes you to a personal place of desire, grief, longing and healing. Setting the mood for her darkly beautiful lyrics, is a choice band featuring guitarist John Kregor, bassist Larry Kohut and drummer, Jon Deitemyer. Barber’s cool, dramatic vocals let the music express her path of ardor and anguish, juxtaposing outward calm against the inward storm of a heart breaking, accompanied by Deitmeyers driving funky drum and Kregor’s screaming shrieking guitar
No sweet valentine, this is a storm of emotion, but a storm that you won’t want to miss.