board member

The art of improvisation

Rebecca Barry

Rebecca Barry earned her Bachelor’s of Music from Loyola University where she learned the art of improvisation from Tony Dagradi of Astral Project. While earning a Master’s in Jazz Studies from the University of New Orleans, she studied with Ellis Marsalis and saxophonist Ed Peterson. After graduation, she played with Kermit Ruffins, Little Queenie Harris, and Lou Rawls and became a regular in the French Quarter jazz scene.

Barry recorded and toured with the Headhunters. She has also played with Ellis Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Jason Marsalis, Rick Margitza, Bill Watrous, Terry Lynn Carrington, Kermit Ruffins, Cyril Neville, Mike Clark, Lou Rawls, New Orleans Night Crawlers, Harry Connick, and many others.

Barry has recorded several albums, some containing her own compositions, and has performed with groups all over Europe and Latin America. She taught at the University of New Orleans, Delgado, Hypo Jazz Camp in Innsbruck, Austria, Spring Hill College, and Coastal Alabama Community College.

Barry has toured Europe, Canada, Mexico, and Costa Rica playing at many jazz festivals. She lived in New Orleans for 15 years and currently resides in Fairhope, Ala.