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Where are you located?
New Zealand
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist, Vocalist
Tell us a little about your background...
Jazz has always been my passion since I was a young girl. Growing up as a child I was always listening to my parents music like Nat King Cole and the big band era. Both parents played instruments and influenced my love for music. I work as a solo/band vocalist/entertainer working in New Plymouth and around New Zealand in the wineries, cafes, and private sector. I love the retro Jazz look and dress from the 40s, 50s era with a Shure 55 Buddy Holly mic giving it a classic sound. This last year has been a real journey and I've just completed my debut album which is now available on CD Baby 2012. This album has some lovely cool latin tracks just great for the lazy summer days which is why I called it "Be Cool" which is also a song track on the album.

Featuring some of New Zealand top Jazz musicians with arrangements by Vaughn Roberts. Production is by Vaughn Roberts and Rata Records. Trumpet/Flugel: Vaughn Roberts, Drums/Congas: Lance Philip, Piano: James Illingworth, Guitar: Nick Granville, Bass: Mostyn Cole.

CD Review by Valerie Brown, Jazz Broadcaster on Coral Coast Radio 94.7fm
What a delight to experience the exciting jazz vocal talents of Barbara Crow on her debut album “Be Cool”.

Everything about Barbara shimmers like diamonds. She delivers with utmost confidence the well-chosen standards, and then sweeps us away on musical challenges such as Charlie Parker’s “Anthropology” and Chick Corea’s “Spain”, demonstrating not only her intelligent timing and phrasing, but also her total rapport with the fine musicians supporting her.

The album was arranged and produced by Vaughn Roberts, who also features on trumpet and flugelhorn, and with pianist James Ilingworth , Lance Philip (drums), Mostyn Cole on bass and Nick Granville (guitar) the group offers a beautiful top-class album which will satisfy the lovers of familiar jazz standards as well as the jazz thrill-seekers of new musical challenges.

Although Barbara says her influences come from such legends as Ella, Billie, Sarah, Carmen and Mel Torme, as well as others, I would venture to say that Barbara has claimed her style as hers alone, keeping her crystal-clear diction free of any false accent and full of her own warmth and experience.
The ten superb tracks follow each other with a comfortable flow and have a total recording time of 45 minutes.

I am proud to commend to you Barbara Crow’s debut album “Be Cool”, and look forward to hearing more.

Valerie Brown
April 2012
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At 6:11am on September 5, 2012, Bruce C said…

You're simply marvelous always.....just rejoined....and seeing/hearing your beautiful voice/photos has made my best to you (all) ....always b (Bb)

At 9:28pm on February 10, 2012, frank dupree said…

thanks for the add! THAT is a real sound that you have!! love it!!!

At 9:57am on February 9, 2012, Tony Bunn said…

Hi Barbara, I's honoured to be welcomed into yo' world :o)  Great sounds you're offering.  Wishing you all the best as you release your debut!

Peace & Strength,

Tony B.

At 7:57pm on February 27, 2011, Bryan Wattier said…

Hi BJ!

  Hello from Minnesota, USA!  Closest I've been to New Zealand is Hawaii last year!!

Great music tracks!! Love them. Very cool.




At 1:49pm on February 22, 2011, Denis Simpkin said…

Hey Barbara!

Just stoppin in to give ya some love. Hope your Musical career continues to enchant you Day in day out.


BTW.... David Priest has moved back to his home town, London Ontario after 20 years here in Vancouver. He's happy as a clam. 

At 7:07pm on August 31, 2010, Cecilio Valdez Washington said…
Thanks Barbara. Wish you much success. Keep in touch.
At 11:25am on June 29, 2010, Ray Blue said…
Thank you Barbara. How are things looking for your summer and fall?
At 5:41am on April 8, 2010, Bruce C said…

BJ Lookin' forward to your new music!...Finally started recording last's sooo slow with everyone doing different jobs...but it's going well...and we're really my best for you and all those lucky enough to be in your and jazz from Maine...always b
At 11:07pm on April 7, 2010, Greg Manning said…
Hi Barbara,

Thank you for your kind words. All the best, Greg.
At 12:34pm on April 3, 2010, Joerg Alfter said…
Hi BJ. Thanks for the nice message and all my best wishes to you from Oahu/Hawaii.

















Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.

I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.

My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."

Let's be audacious, my friends!

Buster Williams


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