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Noted jazz vocalist joins faculty

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Patricia Barber

The New York Times calls Patricia Barber is a "literary critic, philosophy student, and needling social commentator rolled into one."


Patricia Barber, an internationally renowned jazz vocalist, pianist and composer, joins UIC as a lecturer in vocal jazz.

The New York Times called Barber a "literary critic, philosophy student, and needling social commentator rolled into one."

She received a Guggenheim Fellowship for composition in 2003.

Barber has performed at Carnegie Hall, Herbst Hall in San Francisco, the Opera Comique and Cite de la Musique in Paris, major concert halls in Istanbul, Moscow and Seoul, and at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Orvieto and North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam.

She has also performed at the New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Monterey, Paris, Nice, Dublin and Vancouver jazz festivals. Locally, she performs regularly at the Green Mill.

Barber's repertoire includes original compositions and standards drawn from many genres.

She records on Blue Note Records, where her most recent album, "The Cole Porter Mix," combines classic Cole Porter songs with three of her own compositions inspired by Porter. Her 2006 album, "Mythologies," is a based on Ovid's "Metamorphoses."

Her previous label, Premonition Records, in 2007 released a three-disc box set of her recordings divided into originals, standards and pop. "The Premonition Years: 1994-2002" includes previously unreleased tracks and songs from her earlier albums, "Cafe Blue," "Modern Cool," "Companion," "Nightclub" and "Verse."

aranallo@uic.edu


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