Born in Canada, Barbara Ernst (vocals, guitar) grew up listening and dancing to the swing music of the 1920’s – 40’s (following the example of her parents – avid dancers). Studying piano as a child, she switched to guitar later, and made her way to the West Coast – first the Bay Area, and then Seattle, where she was greatly influenced by the music scene there in the 1980’s – becoming well-versed in swing/jazz standards.
Over the last 20 years Barbara has traveled in Asia, Africa, and predominantly Latin America, collecting music from the various countries & playing with musicians along the way. She has performed in clubs in Mexico, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil. She has also participated twice in the Winter Music Festival in Sao Joao del Rei, Brazil. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, she sings with true authenticity the romantic Spanish ballads and Brazilian Sambas & Bossa Novas, and brings her own unique touch to some of our Jazz Standards.
Barbara has performed in Colorado Springs & along the front range since 1999 and in Denver since her move there in 2014. Venues include: The Broadmoor Hotel, Adams Mark Hotel, the Fine Arts Center’s Deco Lounge, Cucuru Gallery, Rico's Cafe & Wine Bar, The Denver Art Museum, Vine street Pub & Grille in Denver. In May of 2010 the sextet from her CD performed--headlining-- at the Estes Park jazz Festival's 20th Anniversay.
Barbara has had the privilege of working with some of the area’s finest musicians. From Denver/Boulder: Kim Bird, Jean Luc Davis, Ken Walker, (bassists); Raoul Rossiter, Jill Fredericksen (drums); Bill Kopper (guitar). In Colorado Springs: Ed Hurreau (sax); Mark Neihoff (bass); Luke Tripp (violin).
The group, Mistura Bela (Beautiful Mixture) can be hired in a variety of configurations from Barbara, solo, up to a 5-piece ensemble.
The CD, April Child, released in 2010 is on Circle 504 Records label, Visit Website