Barbara Jay

b. England. Growing up in a jazz-loving family, her father playing trumpet in various bands, Jay began singing as a child. During the 60s she sang with many leading British jazz musicians, including Ronnie…
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b. England. Growing up in a jazz-loving family, her father playing trumpet in various bands, Jay began singing as a child. During the 60s she sang with many leading British jazz musicians, including Ronnie Scott, George Chisholm and Tommy Whittle. In 1970 she sang with the orchestra Benny Goodman led on a long European tour. She also sang in New York, appearing at the Carnegie Tavern where she was accompanied by Ellis Larkins. Jay has performed extensively on radio and television in the UK and at many European festivals including Nice and Cork. She sings with a true, clear voice, warmly interpreting the great standards of the popular and jazz repertoires. Her phrasing is elegant and her diction superb. Consistently working with outstanding British jazz musicians, she is married to Whittle with whom she regularly appears.