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Patricia Barber Trio Returns to Milwaukee

Valerie Booth

A concert by jazz pianist, singer, and composer Patricia Barber is a rare thing these days in Milwaukee. Although Barber lives pretty near by, the Chicago-based musician carefully picks and chooses her tour stops, and will make a special appearance at the Back Room at Colectivo this Saturday

In much of her most recent work, Barber adds some eclectic subject matter – adding her own spin to what otherwise seems like straight-ahead jazz. Her song, "Red Shift," talks about how stars are born, but also has elements that relate back to her own experiences. 

"They have to care about the story. Whatever story a story-teller is telling you, in my mind, you have to care about it somehow. So if I can make it in some way personal at all, then I feel like all subjects are open," says Barber. 

The Patricia Barber Trio has a concert in Milwaukee, the evening of Saturday, November 12, at the Back Room of the Colectivo on Prospect.

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Bonnie North
Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.