With elegant vocals & guitar, Narrow Escape Duo breathes warmth, life and humor into their live performances of classic jazz, standards, and swing, as well as their other holiday/event and original music programs.
Roberta Pescow: (vocals) has been singing and composing ever since she can remember. She is classically trained in voice, and her background includes folk, rock, and the music of Broadway. Roberta has appeared at numerous venues both in and around New Jersey. In addition to singing and teaching voice, she plays guitar, recorder, flute and piano, and is a freelance writer and editor. She also enjoys photography, and has a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Jim Baldessari: (guitar, vocals, drums, percussion, keyboards, synth and more) has been performing all over the Tri-State area and along the east coast since the age of 7. He plays several other instruments including bass and mandolin. Over the years he has played rock, folk and bluegrass, and has appeared on several independently produced CD’s by other musicians. Jim also composes music, and enjoys drawing, photography and painting.
Since 1999, Roberta and Jim have focused their talents and energies on performing jazz, standards and swing, plus their own compositions and some acoustic material. They have been featured on WNTI radio’s Artists up Close and MorristownGreen.com.
What People are saying about Narrow Escape...
“We had the pleasure of hearing Roberta and Jim at a wine tasting last year. When we were planning our wedding they were the first ones we thought of to play for us. They were absolutely fantastic and everyone enjoyed them. We would highly recommend them to play at any event. - James and Dolores Laurora
"Roberta and Jim are a perfect blend of silky smooth vocals poured over expressive intricate guitar arrangements! Their renditions of popular standards are flawless - evoking the feelings that were intended by the original artists. Their self-penned tunes range from world music life anthems to quirky tongue-n-cheek parodies. If you see that they are playing somewhere in your area - make sure you go see them... it will change you for the better!" - Jeff Penque; singer, guitarist and recording artist with "Jeff & Karen"
"We have had the pleasure of Narrow Escape performing in our wine lounge a number of times now! We love ‘m and our guests do too! That’s the reason they will be back to play many, many more times!”—Allan Capalbo; Wine in the Woods, West Milford NJ
“Roberta has a voice like an angel, one of the best singers that has performed here, and Jim is a great guitar player & great singer. They are a perfect combination – I love when they play here!”—Peter Mankin; Co-owner, The Tapestry Café
“When this duo walked into the café and started singing and playing their music, we were so moved we cried…Thank you for making the world a more beautiful place…” –Theresa Mankin; Co-owner, The Tapestry Café
“Love you guys! You can play for us anytime!”—Cheryl Winters-Rosen; Owner, Café Café