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ROBERTA BAUM "Jazz Spells" Wed Sept 12th 2018 at 7:30pm

$10 in advance
$12 at the door


Bill Bares
Zack Page 
Will Younts

Roberta Baum brings a forward-looking adventure to jazz standards and Broadway show tunes.  

With an evocative intensity to her performances and a voice that ranges from a gentle zephyr to gale force, Baum captivates audiences with unusual phrasing, repertoire choices, and otherworldly sounds call to mind ancient languages. Joining her are some of Asheville’s finest jazz musicians, Bill Bares on piano, Zack Page on bass and Will Younts on drums.

The Brooklyn-born singer came to Western North Carolina in 2007 by way of New York, Israel, California and Florida, drawn to the beauty of the mountains and abundant creative energy here.

Baum ’s vocal work has been critically acclaimed in Downbeat and Musician Magazine, “ one of the most fascinating vocalists to emerge in many years ”. The Hartford Press describes her as “ endlessly suggestive and inventive. sensual and energetic, Roberta Baum breathes with a musical verve that evokes a fiery lust for freedom we may have forgotten we have.”

“ We are treated to some extraordinary vocal work by vocalist Roberta Baum; her tonal qualities along the her ability to sing microtones can send chills up your spine."


  “ 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