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Patricia Barber Quartet performing Feb. 20 during Delta jazz festival

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POSTED February 5, 2013 8:32 p.m.





STOCKTON -  Delta College and the Division of Arts and Communication continue the Delta Jazz Festival with a concert on Wednesday, Feb. 20, featuring the Patricia Barber Quartet.

The performance, which will be held at Tillie Lewis Theater on the Delta College campus, 5151 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $15.

 Born in a west Chicago suburb to a big-band saxophonist father who played on call with Glenn Miller and a sometime blues dinger mother, Barber studied classical piano and psychology at the University of Iowa. She resisted the pull to become a jazz artist, but by the time she finished college her musical gifts won out.

 Barber is a study in contradiction. She is one of the most highly sought-after concert artists in jazz, and one of the most difficult to get. Her music is uniquely hers (and her fans’) and she doesn’t explain it or herself. She is at once a big success and a well-kept secret. She is elusive but pulls out all the stops at the few venues where she chooses to perform throughout the year. She regularly sells out concerts in European capitals from Lisbon to Moscow. Paris is her musical second home.

 Barber’s early days were spent playing at Chicago’s legendary Gold Star Sardine Bar. As early as 1994, Bill Zehme of Esquire Magazine wrote, “Patricia Barber makes jazz the Tiffany makes crystal—sleek and smart and dazzling…She is, for my money, the best jazz performer currently working the planet.” 

Tickets can be purchased online at (click on Delta Center for the Arts), or by calling the Delta Box Office at (209) 954-5441.


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