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Genres  Jazz
Name  Barbara Carroll
Years active  1947–present
Instruments  Piano
Occupation(s)  Musician

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Birth name  Barbara Carole Coppersmith
Born  January 25, 1925 (age 90) Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S. (1925-01-25)
Role  Jazz Pianist ·
Albums  Live - Her Piano And Trio, Live at the Carlyle
Spouse  Bert Block (m. 1960–1986), Joe Shulman (m. 1954–1957)
Movies  The Last Days of Pompeii, Goliath Against the Giants, The Boldest Job in the

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Barbara Carroll (born Barbara Carole Coppersmith; January 25, 1925 – February 12, 2017) was an American jazz pianist.


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Early life and career

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Carroll was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. She began her classical training in piano at age eight, but by high school decided to become a jazz pianist. She attended the New England Conservatory of Music for a year, but left it as it conflicted with working for bands. In 1947 Leonard Feather dubbed her "the first girl ever to play bebop piano." In the following year her trio, which featured Chuck Wayne on guitar and Clyde Lombardi on bass, worked briefly with Benny Goodman. Later Charlie Byrd replaced Wayne and Joe Shulman replaced Lombardi. After Byrd's departure, Carroll decided to have it be a drums, bass, and piano trio.

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In the 1950s Carroll and her trio worked on Me and Juliet by Rodgers and Hammerstein. The decade saw her career ebb due to changing musical tastes and personal concerns.

Later career

In 1972 she revived her career due to a renewed interest in her work. In 1975 she was asked by Rita Coolidge to work on a session for A&M. In 1978 she toured with Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson. In the following two decades she became known as a cabaret performer.

Personal life

In September 1954 Carroll married jazz bassist Joe Shulman, a member of the trio. The marriage lasted less than three years due to his death from a heart attack in 1957 at age 33. She subsequently married agent and photographer Bert Block, with whom she had a daughter, Suzanne. Block died of emphysema in 1986. In 2011, Carroll married advertising executive Mark Stroock, a union that lasted until her death, at the age of 92.

Awards and honors

In 2003, Carroll was awarded the Kennedy Center's Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Lifetime Achievement Award.


  • 1951 Piano Panorama (Atlantic 10" LP; reissued 1958 as Ladies of Jazz, Atlantic with Mary Lou Williams 10")
  • 1954 Barbara Carroll Trio (RCA Victor)
  • 1955 Lullabies in Rhythm (RCA Victor)
  • 1956 Have You Met Miss Carroll (RCA Victor)
  • 1956 We Couldn't Just Say Goodbye (RCA Victor)
  • 1957 It's A Wonderful World (RCA Victor)
  • 1957 Funny Face (a.k.a., The Best of George and Ira Gershwin, Verve)
  • 1958 Barbara (Verve)
  • 1958 Flower Drum Somg (Kapp)
  • 1959 Why Not? (SESAC)
  • 1964 Hello, Dolly & What Makes Sammy Run? (Warner Bros.)
  • 1981 At the Piano (Trend/Discovery)
  • 1991 Live at the Carlyle (DRG)
  • 1993 This Heart of Mine (DRG)
  • 1995 Everything I Love (DRG)
  • 2003 Live at Birdland (Harbinger)
  • 2007 I Wished On the Moon (Venus)
  • 2008 Something to Live For (Harbinger)
  • 2010 How Long Has This Been Going On? (Harbinger)
  • 2016 Barbara Carroll Plays at Birdland (Birdland)
  • References

    Barbara Carroll Wikipedia

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