A distinctive jazz pianist, composer and vocalist, Barbara has been playing piano since the age of five and was classically trained at the New England Conservatory of Music. Her inventive piano and unique vocal style transforms any composition into her own. She was the first woman to venture into progressive bebop in the 1940s, she led a trio with great success on New York’s 52nd Street and in clubs across the country, played Broadway and television, and released 12 albums. In 1978 she was booked into the Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle Hotel—and stayed 25 years. She is currently playing at Birdland through April 2015 with the legendary bassist Jay Leonhart by her side.