Barbara Jay comes from a musical family. Her father played trumpet with many of the leading bands of the time. She took to singing naturally at an early age and was soon to be singing with the big names herself - Ronnie Scott, Don Lusher, Tommy Whittle, Digby Fairweather and Kenny Ball's Band on T.V.
As a solo Jazz singer she has shared the billing at Ronnie Scott's Club with Horace Silver, Pharoah Saunders and Dave Holland. She also appears in Cabaret on The Saga Ruby Cruise Ship and P&O Oriana.
In 1970 she was chosen to sing with the legendary Benny Goodman and his orchestra, with whom she appeared at many of the major European cities, ie. Paris, Milan, Copenhagen, Zurich etc.
In 1993 Barbara devised the very successful "Ella Fitzgerald Songbook Show" which has appeared at major venues and festivals throughout Britain and also with her own quartet at the Pizza on the Park Knightsbridge. Barbara has reached a point in her career where she enjoys singing without having to indulge in gimmickry or momentary trends... an enjoyment that she passes on to her audience.
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