Jazz: Roberta Baum "JAZZ SPELLS" Wed March 21st 2018 at 7:30pm

$10 in advance
$12 at the door


Michael Jefry Stevens 
Craig Sandberg 
Will Younts

Intoxicating jazz standards, broadway show classics and always musical surprises steeped in Springtime magic to indulge your senses and imagination.

New York transplant Roberta Baum has a way of bewitching audiences with unusual phrasing, repertoire choices, guttural effects and syllables calling to mind ancient languages. Yet behind the free spirit lies a wealth of serious intent: Roberta has spent some serious time with the work of vocal greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Betty Carter. 

"Endlessly suggestive and inventive, sensual and energetic, she breathes with a musical verve that evokes a fiery lust for freedom we may have forgotten we have." 

Hartford Press

" Roberta Baum is one of the most fascinating vocal stylists to emerge in many years, with an exceptional feeling for rhythm and textures and a commanding sense of swing." 
Musician Magazine


“ Roberta Baum is a true vocal artist, and an entertainer in the now-lost sense of the term. At her February Isis show she knocked us out with a performance that ranged from earth shattering to wistful, and most points in-between.... you go away after her show with a sense that you've shared in a very special experience, and you keep that memory long afterward. “
Bill Vindal

Roberta Baum's vocal skills have won her critical acclaim in Downbeat and Musician Magazine. Her jazz career started in NYC performing with esteemed musicians such as Fred Hersch, Kenny Barron and Anthony Davis. Roberta was soon discovered and found her mentor in legendary saxophonist Ornette Coleman. She is a NEA and Meet The Composer grant recipient and has composed music for stage and television including the Erick Hawkins Dance Company and Lifetime Television’s Intimate Portrait Series.

  “ Brooklyn born Roberta Baum is one of the most fascinating vocal stylists to emerge in many years, with an exceptional feeling for rhythm and textures and a commanding sense of swing. Like Abbey Lincoln, she has great theatrical presence – relying more on subtle rendering of the lyrics than on diva’s chops-and often interjects conversational tones and cadences into her choruses, going more for the emotional effect than the scale tones of the song. Its always music because she has an uncanny way of modulating into neighboring key centers, like she did on a unique rendering of “ My Favorite Things” sounding more like the illegitimate daughter of Fanny Brice and Miles Davis than Coltrane. And then on “ Like Someone In Love “ in duet with the fine bassist Mark Helias, hanging on to slightly vinegary long tones and letting the chords gradually catch up to her;  calling in master drummer Ed Blackwell with a vibrating elastic shriek, she took a series of occasionally wordless choruses that escalated into a percussive conversation- her ear for drum patterns alone sets her a notch above most singers. And in the tradition of the great jazz vocalists, Baum can make a ballad bleed, as she and Davis did on Duke Ellington’s lovely composition “ Heaven “.  Roberta Baum’s wit, swing, sense of drama, and feeling for freer forms, you may not have heard of her before but you’ll certainly hear of her again. “ 
Chip Stern , Musician Magazine