Frank Barham, Julie Dexter

Frank Barham

Music has always been a dominant force in the life of Frank Barham. He would travel to Austin, Boston and New York to see the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Gil Scott-Heron, Les McCann, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Freddie King. Late one night in 1980 his life took a dramatic turn. At the age of 24 injuries suffered in a car accident put him in a wheelchair. Sure he lost the ability to walk, but, as Frank would tell you, he recommitted himself to music and found the ability to fly. This is when his journey with the harmonica began.

He studied the chromatic harmonica and music theory to pursue opportunities to play with his newmentors, Brother Yusuf Salim and Bus Brown. Brother Yusuf and Bus introduced Frank to the music of Toots Thielemans. In 1994, while performing at a festival in Brussels, Belgium, Frank met and had the opportunity to jam with jazz harmonica virtuoso Toots Thielemans.

While playing at Northside Tavern in Atlanta, another chance meeting would set the stage for the creation of the Frank Barham Quartet. James Schneider, a piano player, heard Frank ‘call’ a Wayne Shorter tune; intrigued by a harmonica player calling a jazz tune, he approached Frank about exploring more of the Wayne Shorter songbook. Weekly meetings evolved into a set list and performances; a drummer and bass player were recruited and the Frank Barham Quartet was born. Since its inception, the quartet has playeda variety of Atlanta area venues including Big Tex Decatur, Elliot St. Pub, and the Velvet Note. After hearing him play, the head of BeHip Records approached Frank about recording a CD. A truly unique musician forged by the trials of life; presenting Frank Barham.

“His harmonica playing was great, but I was most impressed with the heart and soul he put into his performance. We had to get him in to play at Big Tex. He is an amazing harmonica player. His song selection is amazing, as well as his original music. He's also a great spoken-word poet. Frank has developed a great fan base. He continues to draw more and more people at each show, and the folks at our bar also love hearing him play.”
Tim Tintle – Asst. Mgr. Big Tex Decatur

Julie Dexter

"Sensational yet subtle. A singer to die for who creates an urgent need for superlatives yet to be invented." Meet Julie Dexter, a world renowned, award winning, British vocalist considered by many to be one of the most influential female vocalists of our generation. She has shared the spotlight with a host of cutting edge artists, including Mint Condition, Jill Scott, Bilal, Omar, Loose Ends, Rachelle Ferrell, Ledisi, Eric Roberson and Raheem DeVaughn to name a few.
Born and raised in Birmingham, England, this classically trained artist composes and arranges her own music. Influenced by legends such as Nancy Wilson, Abbey Lincoln, and Bob Marley, as well as popular icons Omar and Sade, Julie takes classic soul to the heart of Artistry

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Frank Barham, Julie Dexter

Sunday, September 8 · Doors 5:30 PM / Show 6:00 PM at Steve's Live Music