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Pamela Rose

amela Rose is a San Francisco jazz and blues vocalist who has thrilled audiences locally and internationally with her swinging, soulful style. Rose is that rare breed of entertainer who connects solidly with her audience by always delivering a personal and unforgettable musical experience. Her rich, warm voice and easy rapport with excellent musicians moves jazz and blues audiences of all ages.

Originally from Southern California, Rose attended UC Berkeley and quickly met up with Hammond B-3 organist Merl Saunders, who took her on tour in 1977. This experience helped to define the strong passions that keep music fresh for Pamela today: writing and developing songs which are personal to her, a strong love for improvisation and spontaneity that comes with performing live, and a crazy adoration for the soulful sounds of Hammond B-3 organ.

Home from the road, Rose teamed up with guitarist Chris Cobb and formed the Eights, then Wild Kingdom, both all original dance bands that dominated the club scene of the early '80s. During this period Rose also met vocalist Glenn Walters (of the Hoo Doo Rhythm Devils) and together they mounted a show of R & B duets called "When a Man Loves a Woman." They were promptly tapped to join the Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra, the 14 piece Motown Dance Band who were unquestionably the darlings of the corporate party circuit and dance clubs throughout the '80s.

Challenging herself and searching for a more intimate sound, Pamela teamed up with pianist Nate Ginsberg, penning tunes and arranging 1930's style jazz standards. This led to two recordings, the first "On the Jazzy Side of Blue" (1993) which was nominated for two BAMMIE Awards (Best Jazz CD, Best Vocalist), and the second, "Every Time I'm With You," which had the distinction of being featured in the Sharper Image National catalogue as the only vocal jazz CD offered. Both of these recordings garnered tours in Denmark and France, culminating in being invited as one of the headline acts at the Cophenhagen Jazz Festival.

Now that she had found her footing in jazz performances and clubs, Rose reached back to her love of Hammond B-3 Organ and teamed up with organist Tony Stead (Gospel Hummingbirds, Family Stone) to create an all original soul jazz CD "You Could Have it All." With B-3 master Jimmy Pugh (Robert Cray) producing, and featuring a duet with Glenn Walters on the title track, this funk splashed, soul jazz CD garnered Rose a feature on NPR's "All Things Considered" in recognition of her effort to compose new material to show off both Hammond Organ and her expressive voice.

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"Pamela Rose has a great voice, range and phrasing and on-the-mark intonation recalling Nancy Wilson" —All About Jazz

"Rose infuses her live and recorded performances with non-stop energy, and...heartfelt, female-centric Jazz Anthropology" —Harvey Siders Jazz Times Magazine

"It goes beyond a jazz show...it's a swinging honors course in womankind!" —Bruce Kelley, editor, San Francisco Magazine

"I recommend my readers purchase two copies. If they wear out the first one, they'll have a back up" I Dig Jazz, —Charles Latimer's Jazz Journal

"Bay Area Jazz mainstay Rose really plants the flag. The recording, band and performance are spot on. A STONE COLD KILLER THAT JAZZ FANS SHOULD NOT MISS. Simple as that" —midwestrecord.com

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Primary Instrument

Voice / vocals

Willing to teach

Advanced only


Pamela Rose is on the vocal faculty at the Jazz School in Berkeley (www.jazzschool.org)


Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Wild Women of Song:...

Three Handed Records


You Could have It All

Three Handed Records



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