Jazz Cabaret legend, British-based Barb Jungr returns to Joe’s Pub to premier a collection of songs related to Sting and The Police. In collaboration with “The Australian piano whizz, Matt Baker” (NY Times) they reveal the beauty and extent of Sting’s repertoire and explore other songs he too, has sung.
In Sting’s work Barb and Matt combine the sensibility of jazz harmony and rhythm, with the passion and beauty of performance. This exciting combination will be unveiled in 4 shows at Joe’s Pub, June 2017. Jungr returns to Joe’s, her NY downtown spiritual home, with this collection.
In 2017 Jungr released her 9th recording internationally on Linn Records collaborating with US piano virtuoso Laurence Hobgood. The album, which received critical raves was named on of the top albums of 2016 by Jazzwise. Jungr’s work has received 4 and 5 star reviews in the UK, The USA and Australia. She is now also preforming regularly in Berlin. During her long career she has performed on 4 continents. In 2017 Jungr also released a an album of Beatles explorations with Broadway arranger and Emmy-winning music director John McDaniel, which has gained more raves. Her live work has made her a cult star, known for her humor and drama combined, it’s a heady mix, which made UK television star and gay pioneer Julian Clary call her “a one woman emotional enema and not for the faint hearted.” Jeremy Irons and Billy Bragg are known fans, Bragg called her “possibly our best interpreter of Dylan’s songs”. The Wall Street Journal called her 2002 exploration of Dylan “one of the most significant vocal albums of the century thus far” and recently said she “brings the same creativity for reinterpretation and re-examination that Ella Fitzgerald brought to Cole Porter.”
"It’s as if Edith Piaf and Nick Cave had a love-child, who was adopted by Carmen McRae.” GLAM ADELAIDE
“On stage she’s a lioness.” SYDNEY HERALD
"Barb Jungr's art makes a grand argument for her being the most innovative singer in jazz since Cassandra Wilson.” ALL ABOUT JAZZ
“Astonishing theatrical bravura” NEW YORK TIMES
"The brilliant jazz singer on world-beating form…she is the alchemist among jazz singers. She is truly a marvel, who should not be missed.” THE TELEGRAPH 4 stars
"Élan, intelligence and passionate engagement” WORLD MUSIC
Australian born New Yorker Jazz Pianist/Vocalist Matt Baker was a three-time award winner in the Montreux International Solo Jazz Piano Competition.
“Swings confidently...hip syncopation” JAZZ TIMES
“One of the most respected and versatile pianist-composers yet to come out of Australia.” JAZZ WISE UK