- CHARITY BENEFIT
Do not count this legend out. Barbara Carroll plays piano like a dream, singing Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers, Stephen Sondheim in other words the great American Songbook. Ms Carroll’s playing is a great way to relax with the arts and some terrific food. I could listen to her play all day. What she manages to coxes from the ivories is soothing and thrilling, then she sings and it’s like a conversation. “Old Friend,” from “Merrily We Roll Along,” in Carroll’s hands is a moment in time, like a thought that has to be said.
54 Below welcomes jazz legend Barbara Carroll for a series of seven exciting jazz brunches on September 9, 16 & 30 & October 7, 21 & 28 & November 11, 2012. Her career that has spanned more than half a century (she played her first New York engagement opposite Dizzy Gillespie’s big band at the Downbeat Club in 1947), Ms. Carroll is an elegant jazz pianist, composer and vocalist, long recognized as one of the premier players of swinging jazz piano. Her inventive piano playing and totally unique vocal sound leads her into transforming any composition into her own art with her trademark emotional directness and respect for the tune, its lyrics and its many possibilities. Join Babara and bassist Jay Leonhart at 1:00 on Sundays