Barbara is a dynamic vocalist, composer, and actor who is constantly working on new material. She sings with a fresh style that holds your attention and doesn’t beckon for comparisons. Her diverse background includes performances in clubs, on the stage, television and in the recording studio.Born in upstate New York, Barbara began singing as a young child in church choirs and in school performances. She then went on to study voice at University of Buffalo. After college she studied acting with Uta Hagen at the Actor's Studio in New York City. She has performed in countless venues across the tri-state area including The Goodspeed Opera House, Resorts International, Bally’s and Caesar’s. Barbara’s vocal’s can be heard on CD’s such as Jordan Rudess’ Listen, Rob Silvan’s Top Banana featuring Randy Brecker, A Bock & Blu Christmas, and Bock & Blu’s I Hide My Face Like This... which also features some of her songs. Her extensive studio experience also includes vocal arrangements, voice over work, and nationally televised commercials. Barbara's compositions have won Best Original Music and Best Song in a Short Film awards at Film Festivals across the US.
Gary Blu has worked alongside Donald Fagen as assistant arranger and music copyist with The New York Rock & Soul Revue, featuring Donald Fagen, Walter Becker, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs, Phoebe Snow, and Chuck Jackson. From 1997 until 2007 he did the same for all of the Steely Dan tours, as well as music copyist for Steely Dan's multi Grammy winning Two Against Nature, and Everything Must Go, Donald Fagen's solo records Kamakiriad and Morph the Cat, and Walter Becker's 11 Tracks of Whack. Some of his horn arrangements can be heard on Steely Dan's CD Alive In America. He was also involved in Steely Dan's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction. Gary also had the pleasure to work briefly alongside the late Gerry Mulligan re-arranging music for Mulligan's tentet. Gary's diverse experience also includes live performances and recordings with many local artists. Other endeavors includes the formation of Hybrid Records (which released Bock & Blu's I Hide My Face Like This... and A Bock & Blu Christmas)and Rancho Cucamonga where Gary produces and records local songwriters. Gary was also the 2013, 2014, & 2015 Laurel Music Camp Jazz Band Conductor/Director. Gary's compositions have won Best Original Music and Best Song in a Short Film awards at Film Festivals across the US.