American jazz and blues singer Patricia Barber – born November 8, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois - was raised a musical household. Both of her parents were professional musicians - her father was Floyd 'Shim' Barber, a former member of Glenn Miller's band. She has become known for singing in a traditional jazz/blues style characterized by a low register and augmented by her strong skills on the piano. During her live performances, Barber's repertoire of original material is supported by a selection of classics drawn from the rock genre and features songs by Bobbie Gentry and Santana. She began recording late in her professional career, releasing her debut album Split in 1989, and has been economical with her recorded work releasing just eleven albums in her first three decades. Barber’s best known recording is The Cole Porter Mix (2008), a selection of songs based on the Cole Porter songbook performed in Barber's distinctive style. Another popular release is her 1994 audiophile album, Café Blue, which was re-released in 2016 with an ‘un-mastered’ mix.
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