Cabaret Pianist Barbara Carroll has died

Barbara Carroll
Barbara Carroll

BARBARA CARROLL, 92, on Feb. 11 in New York City. A stylish pianist, vocalist and composer long recognized as one of the premier players of swinging jazz piano and expressive vocals. Began performing in 1947 on the same bill as Dizzy Gillespie and became one of the first women to play bebop piano.

She made her Broadway debut with her trio in the Rodgers and Hammerstein show, Me & Juliet. Performing primarily in New York City cabarets, she was booked for an engagement at the Carlyle Hotel and stayed for 25 years. Her pianism has been described as “Debussy with a jazz pulse.”

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