Barbara Paris is an excellent jazz vocalist able to make even warhorses sound fresh through her enthusiasm and subtle creativity. She grew up in a musical family and as a child played violin, piano, and then guitar. Paris gained early experience as a folksinger while a teenager, but soon discovered jazz. However, music was put on the side for a time as she worked as a hairdresser. The singer dates her first real jazz performance as having taken place on April 3, 1989. Paris was encouraged by Eddie Shu, a tenor saxophonist formerly with Gene Krupa, and Claude Tissendier, a saxophonist with Claude Bolling's Orchestra. She worked in Europe with Tissendier and for five years off and on with pianist Joe Bonner in Colorado. Barbara Paris has recorded three fine CDs for her Perea label and is a welcome fixture in the Colorado jazz scene, occasionally singing on both the East and West Coasts and in Europe.
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