Barbara has performed with a veritable Who’s Who of jazz and blues greats including Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, Ron Carter, Etta James, Esther Phillips, David T. Walker, Jimmy Smith, Johnny Otis, Dr. John, Kenny Burrell, Terence Blanchard, Joe Sample, Cedar Walton, Nancy Wilson, Mel Torme, Joe Williams, Tony Bennett and Keb’ Mo.
She has also been featured on over 20 recordings in almost every genre from traditional jazz and blues to gospel and pop. Barbara’s incredible voice, with its two-and-a-half-octave range, has been acclaimed internationally as have her soulful and highly spirited interpretations of jazz standards and contemporary originals as well as her Salute to Dizzy Gillespie and Tribute to Benny Golson.
Her ability to belt out soul-stirring versions of down-home blues favorites and her impassioned renditions of favorite torch songs have attracted a legion of devoted fans throughout the US, Western Europe the Far East and Australia who have hear her perform at the Montreux, Nice Pori, North Sea, Long Beach and Monterey Jazz Festivals and Carnegie Hall. Well known in the LA-area for her duo and trio dates, Barbara has performed as a guest with the Count Basie Orchestra, Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra and Doc Severinsen’s Big Band as well as on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Dennis Miller Show.
Her other credits include appearances on the soundtrack to the Denzel Washington film Hurricane, The Duke Ellington Millennium CD and Johnny Otis’s CD, Ooo Shoo Be Dooo.
Developers of an addiction treatment center at the former Lodge at Cordillera site say lawsuits brought forth by Cordillera residents and the metro district violated federal law, and the parties are headed to federal court.