I am a versatile saxophonist performing on the soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxes as well as flute and piano. I play everything from beautiful classical music to jazz to contemporary popular music. I love to perform for all types of events and I will learn any piece of music that you wish to hear at your party or wedding! Just give me the title and who performed the song and I will learn it especially for you!
I have been performing in the Portland, Oregon area for over 15 years. My performance experience includes work with the Oregon Symphony Pops as well as the Columbia and Vancouver Symphonies, Quartette Barbette Sax Quartet, musical theater, plays, dances, parties, weddings, fundraisers, etc.
PERFORMING ARTISTS I HAVE WORKED WITH:
JOE WILLIAMS OF COUNT BASIE BIG BAND AND BILL COSBY SHOW,
DENNIS ROWLAND OF COUNT BASIE BIG BAND
THE FOUR FRESHMEN,
PETE CHRISTLIEB, OF DOC SEVERINSON'S TONIGHT SHOW BAND AND "DEACON BLUES" (On Steely Dan's album "Aja")
BOBBY SHEW as well as many other talented (and unsung) musicians!
I also appear on Portland native's Lew Jones album "Sublimation" on the song "Vanport Flood" on tenor sax and Kelly Jones' (no relation) album "Handle with Care" on the song "Lonesome Heart". You can find both of these albums online on cdbaby - You can also listen to "Lonesome Heart" online on Kelly Jones' website.
INSTRUMENTATION COMBINATIONS AVAILABLE ARE: SOLO SAX, SOLO FLUTE, SAX/KEYBOARD OR PIANO DUO, SAX/GUITAR DUO, JAZZ TRIO OR QUARTET (SAX, KEYBOARDS, VOCALS AND/OR DRUMS) OR SAX QUARTET
STYLES PLAYED INCLUDE: JAZZ, CLASSICAL, POPULAR, BLUES, R & B, CELTIC, CHRISTMAS, KLEZMER ETC!
Children's Birthday Parties
Wedding Cocktail Hours
Love and MarriageSinatra
In My LifeThe Beatles
Don't Know MuchAaron Neville/Linda Ronstandt
Everything I Do I Do it for youBryan Adams
You are the Sunshine of my LifeSteve Wonder
You Raise Me UpJosh Groban
Romeo and Juliet (Love Theme)Tchaikovsky
Ode to JoyBeethoven
My Heart Will Go OnCeline Dion
We've Only Just BegunCarpenters
Hawaiian Wedding Song
What a Wonderful WorldLouis Armstrong
Stand By MeBen E. King
At LastEtta James
Beyond the SeaBobby Darin
Baby I need You LovinThe Four Tops
All I have to do is DreamEverly Brothers
Ain't No Mountain High EnoughMarvin Gaye & Tammy Terrell
Always on my MindWillie Nelson
Baby what a Big SurpriseChicago
Blue VelvetBobby Vinton
Boogie FeverThe Sylvers
Dedicated to the One I LoveThe Shirelles
Every Little Thing She Does is MagicThe Police
Endless LoveDiana Ross & Lionel Ritchie
Eternal FlameThe Bangles
Gimme Some Lovin'The Spencer Davis Group
Great Balls of FireJerry Lee Lewis
Groovin'The Young Rascals
Happy TogetherThe Turtles
Have I Told You LatelyRod Stewart
HeatwaveMartha & the Vandellas
Here and NowLuther Vandross
Hey JudeThe Beatles
How Deep is Your LoveBee Gees
How Sweet it is to be Loved by YouJames Taylor
I Hear a SymphonyThe Supremes
I'll Be ThereThe Jackson Five
Love Me TenderElvis Presley
It's All in the GameTommy Edwards
Just My ImaginationThe Temptations
Oh, Pretty WomanRoy Orbison
Midnight Train to GeorgiaGladys Knight and the Pips
People Got to be FreeThe Rascals
Ain't MisbehavinFats Waller
All the Things You AreElla Fitzgerald
Don't Get Around Much AnymoreDuke Ellington
Alright, Okay, You WinCount Basie with Joe Williams
The Best is Yet to ComeSarah Vaughn
The Best Things in Life are FreeFrank Sinatra
Come Rain or Come ShineJohn Coltrane
Easy to LoveFrank Sinatra/Ella Fitzgerald
God Bless the ChildBillie Holliday
For Sentimental ReasonsNat King Cole
For All We KnowJohnny Hartman
Girl from IpanemaStan Getz
I Left My Heart in San FranciscoTony Bennett
Happy TalkNancy Wilson with Cannonball Adderley
Harlem NocturneEarl Bostic/Mel Torme
Honeysuckle RoseThomas "Fats" Waller
How High the MoonDizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker
The Beatles, Richie Cannata, Pete Christlieb, Steve Lacy, Cannonball Adderley, Art Pepper, Thelonious Monk, The Animals, 60's Soul Singers, Motown performers (including The Funk Brothers), Marcel Mule, Eugene Rousseau, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra!
Wedding in Portland, OR on 12/28/2008
"Our wedding was cancelled and rescheduled because of extreme weather and Barbette was absolutely accommodating throughout. She was professional, played beautifully, included our requests, and is a pleasure to work with. We definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a professional pianist for their special event!"
- Summer S.
Wedding Reception in Salem, OR on 05/28/2011
"She stepped up my event several notches with her beautiful music. I was impressed!"
- Theresa P.
Wedding in Portland, OR on 03/20/2010
- Faith P.
Celebration in Lake Oswego, OR on 03/24/2009
"I enjoyed Barbette selection and taste, She did an excellent job that night."
- Ali K.
Wedding Ceremony in Troutdale, OR on 03/27/2010
- Shantel E.
Christmas Party in Portland, OR on 12/08/2012
"Barbette played beautifully. Our residents and guests enjoyed the sax, especially the holiday songs. Absolutely wonderful!"
- Rachael K.
Christmas Party in Portland, OR on 12/02/2011
"Barbette is a wonderful musician...and her music was the perfect backdrop for our Holiday Party. Thank you."
In addition to Portland, Barbette Falk will also travel to Beaverton, Vancouver, Lake Oswego, Tigard, Marylhurst, Clackamas, Aloha, Fairview, Gladstone, Gresham, West Linn, Camas, Troutdale, Tualatin, Hillsboro, Oregon City, Brush Prairie, Boring, Sherwood, Saint John, Wilsonville, Heisson, North Plains, Ridgefield, Washougal, Battle Ground, Corbett, Canby, Cornelius, Scappoose
and many other locations in and around the Portland area.
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