- Chadwick Jenkins
(b Lisle, IL, Nov 8, 1955). American singer, pianist, composer, and bandleader. Her father played with the Glenn Miller band and her mother was a professional blues singer. After studying psychology and classical piano at the University of Iowa, Barber returned to Chicago and began playing five nights a week at the Gold Star Sardine Bar, where she attracted varying critical attention for her husky voice and the inclusion of pop songs, including “Black Magic Woman” and “A Taste of Honey,” in her repertoire. She recorded her first album, Split (Floyd), in 1989 and her second album, A Distortion of Love (Antilles) in 1991. She subsequently moved to the independent label Premonition, which was bought by Blue Note in 1998. In 2003 Barber became the first songwriter to be awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Under its aegis she composed a song cycle based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses. She is the subject of a documentary, Patricia Barber Quartet: Live in France, and is currently on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago.
- N.A. Lee: “Hearsay: Patricia Barber,” JT, 25/1 (1995), 15
- J. Seiz: “Patricia Barber,” Jazz News (15 April 2005), http://home.nestor.minsk.by/jazz/articles/2005/04/0001.html