Category Archives: Special Events

Barbara on Bass: New Horizons Band

In her ‘spare’ time, Batbata is now learning to play the bass, and in addition to instruction has joined the Pioneer Valley New Horizons Band to gain experience playing in ensemble.

The Northampton Community Music Center will be presenting
A Winter Concert featuring the Pioneer Valley New Horizons Band directed by Nancy Janoson with Special Guests: Joyful Chorus, Nancy Janoson director.

This free and open to the public (masks required) concert will be held on Tuesday December 13, 2022 at 7 pm at the First Churches of Northampton.

Please join us!

Freddie Bryant’s Jazz and Tai Chi Workshop …


Freddie Bryant’s Jazz and Tai Chi Workshop will conclude this weekend with concerts at the Arts Block Cafe on the corner of Main and Court Square in Greenfield, Mass. Freddie performed on Barbara’s CD Detour Ahead. Barbara took Freddie’s workshop this week and will be performing at the 2 pm show.

2 pm – Student Jazz/Tai Chi concert with students from Freddie Bryant’s workshops, and faculty. (Email for more information on the workshops that will take place the proceeding week in Amherst, or visit

4 pm – Freddie Bryant and the Kaleidoscope Trio (from NYC) with Willard Dyson – drums, Martin Jaffe – bass and Bryant playing Telecaster, nylon and 12-string guitars.

Shiela Jordan at the Clarion on February 8

Shiela Jordan Blg

After my gig with the Roger Saloom Band, I’ll be heading down to the Clarion Loft Lounge to catch what I can of one of my favorite jazz vocalists, Shiela Jordan. Sheila came into her own during the Charlie Parker era and has been performing ever since. If you don’t know her work, here are two You Tube clips from 1962.

Baltimore Oriole
I’m a Fool to Want You

And here she is again singing in 2002, 40 years later.

Fair Weather

Here’s a 2011 video clip about her teaching at the UMass Jazz in July program.