Carroll, Barbara [Coppersmith, Barbara Carole]
- Barry Kernfeld
[Coppersmith, Barbara Carole]
(b Worcester, MA, Jan 25, 1925; d New York, Feb 12, 2017). American pianist. From around 1933 to 1940 she took classical piano lessons but also studied the music of Art Tatum, Nat “King” Cole, and others. She began working while in high school and continued to work while spending a year at the New England Conservatory, until the rigours of a dual life as student and professional performer forced her to abandon school. She made a USO tour with a female trio, then became the leader of a bop trio, based in New York, which recorded from 1949. It included Chuck Wayne (1947–8), Charlie Byrd (1948), and Joe Shulman (from 1949; her husband from 1954 until his death in 1957); Charlie Parker, Paul Desmond, and Stan Getz also sat in with the group (late 1940s), and later John Drew (1957) and Joe Benjamin were among its members. From ...