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The Patricia Barber Trio 2019 Higher Tour Moves Through U.S. Into Canada

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Inspired by classical works and the challenge of making jazz music more expansive, the latest project (HIGHER) came to life. And again Barber knows how to create a more artistic side of modern jazz, without denying the traditional roots of American jazz music. —Eric de Boer, hifi Magazine
American Composer/Songwriter, Jazz Singer/Pianist Patricia Barber Trio—Higher (ArtistShare)—First Release in Six Years!

2019 Higher Tour Moves Into Canada
The Patricia Barber Trio featuring Patrick Mulcahy and Jon Deitemyer

Internationally acclaimed American composer singer/pianist Patricia Barber is back with a new recording- HIGHER- on ArtistShare, her first since the critically celebrated Smash (Concord, 2013). Higher marks Barber's return with another form-shattering collection of original material. Following pack houses recently at Scullers (Boston), The Side Door (Old Lyme, CT) and Birdland (NYC), the Patricia Barber Trio continues the forward momentum with dates in Phoenix, Denver, Minneapolis and Chicago before starting the Canadian Tour with the Ottawa Jazz Festival on June 24th!

Renowned as a singular songwriter for her harmonic sophistication and incisive lyrics, Barber made several albums for Premonition and Blue Note Records that sold over 100,000.

Barber, who has won a Guggenheim fellowship in Composition, once again brings thrilling original material into the jazz orbit. Featured on Higher is an art song cycle, “Angels, Birds, and I...", that can be performed by jazz vocalists and instrumentalists as well as classical singers. In 2015 Barber toured an early version of the cycle in concerts with Renee Fleming. In 2016 she took the cycle to Chicago's Harris Theater to open the prestigious Ear Taxi New Music Festival.

Performing here with her long-time jazz trio (Patrick Mulcahy (bass), Jon Deitemyer (drums) and guests, Barber juxtaposes “Angels, Birds, and I..." with some of her celebrated arrangements from the American Songbook.

What the press is saying...

“Inspired by classical works and the challenge of making jazz music more expansive, the latest project came to life. And again Barber knows how to create a more artistic side of modern jazz, without denying the traditional roots of American jazz music." —Eric De Boer, hifi Magazine

“With a new art song cycle under the arm, she shows how she can change with the times, keep things fresh and not lose her way in trying something new." —Chris Spector, Midwest Record

“Few performers in or out of jazz are as consistently brilliant as Patricia Barber. ...Brainy. Beautiful." —JazzTimes “Barber braids wrenching, elemental poetry into a private musical language fashioned from the yearning ache of Bill Evans' piano, Joni Mitchell's zigzag introspections, Jobim's winking mix of high end philosophy and pastel melody and an occasional explosion of skronk and funk." —DownBeat

Tour Schedule

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Musical Instrument Museum
Phoenix, AZ

Thursday, May 16, 2019
Dazzle
Denver, CO

Thursday, May 23, 2019
The Dakota
Minneapolis, MN

Friday, June 14, 2019
The Green Mill Higher record release!
Chicago
With guests Jim Gailloreto (tenor saxophone) and Neal Alger (acoustic guitar)

Saturday, June 15, 2019
The Green Mill Higher record release!
Chicago
With guests Jim Gailloreto (tenor saxophone) and Neal Alger (acoustic guitar)

Saturday, June 22, 2019
Ottawa Jazz Festival- National Arts Centre- The Studio
Ottawa Canada

Monday, June 24, 2019
Victoria Jazz Festival- McPherson Playhouse
Victoria, Canada

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Vancouver Jazz Festival- Performance Work
Vancouver, Canada

Friday, June 28, 2019
Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Fest- The Bassment
Saskatoon, Canada

Sunday, June 30, 2019
Montreal Jazz Festival- Monument National
Montreal, Canada

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