Bert Barr’s interest in Dixieland Jazz began in grammar school where he first took up the trumpet. At the University of Oregon in 1966, Bert started the Emerald City Jazz Band. In 1971, he moved to Seattle and started the Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band one of the most popular bands on the west coast.
Rose Marie Barr whether playing a hot ragtime number or a sultry love ballad, Rose Marie Barr is at home on the piano. Her performance itinerary includes all pop standards of the 1920’s thru the 1950’s. She does wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, fashion shows, background music of all kinds, senior living residences and plays piano with the Uptown Bands which includes ragtime, Dixieland and swing music.
Nearly 40 years, Uptown Lowdown which includes Bert’s wife, Rose Marie Barr on piano, and its spinoffs, Uptown Lite, Uptown Swing & Jazz and Double Barrs have entertained fans in Japan, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Mexico and Canada and continue to play more than 25 major jazz festivals in the U.S. each year and make numerous appearances at jazz societies and corporate events.
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