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Patricia Adams

Patricia Adams, bandleader and vocalist, shuttles her renditions of standards from renaissance Harlem and Tin Pan Alley between Manhattan, Westchester, Hartford and Boston.

Stepping onto a nightclub stage for the first time in 1992 at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston, Adams segued to designated show opener there for the Frank Wilkins Vocal Showcase until 1996. Many open mics and pro bono gigs later, she traded her thirty-five year career in human resources management for life as a full time artist. Her venues now attract those who enjoy the jazz and blues standards of the 1930's and '40's. Her mailing list has grown from family and friends to thousands. She plays with some of the world's renowned jazz artists, including Ray Santisi, Marshall Wood, Bob Moses, Joe Hunt, Bill Wurtzel, John Repucci, Frank Wilkins, Fred Hunter, Ross Schneider, Joe Lovano, Stanley C. Swann, III and the late Jimmy Hill, so far.

Adams plays to the continuing demand of a growing 'seniors' market. Her one-woman-shows, singing live vocals to soundtracks make the rounds of area residences and facilities.

Adams brings her 35 years' corporate experience to Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA with her leadership skills workshop for the entrepreneurial musician, Bandleader Toolkit© in collaboration with her music director, Berklee Professor Ray Santisi.

Earning BS and MBA degrees in the 1960's, Adams studied music theory, harmony, and improvisation at the New England Conservatory in Boston and at the Performing Arts School of Worcester in the 1990's. She has studied with Semenya McCord, Dominique Eade and Frank Wilkins in Boston and with Jim Carson, Jeannie Lovetri of Voice Workshop, Sheila Jordan and Kirk Nurock in Manhattan.

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”I remember the first few times I caught Patricia Adams doing her monthly gig at Ryles. She was personable and did a fine job of engaging the audience. And she was a game vocalist, . . . I was drawn to her willingness to fail . . . Since that time I have—almost as a byproduct of my reviews of her performances—documented her progress from those early stages in her development. One of the intriguing things about the evolution of her performances is that she did not start out as a graduate of Berklee or some other music school. She began her musical pursuits in retirement. If we use “normalcy” as a measure, what she did was just plain stupid

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Primary Instrument

Voice / vocals



Willing to teach

Advanced only

Clinic/Workshop Information

Designed, continue to develop and facilitate Bandleader Toolkit, a leadership skills workshop by, for and about the entrepreneurial musician at Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA. This two hour workshop is sponsored by Berklee's Career Development Center and attracts students, faculty and alumni. As workshop leader, Adams speaks from a perch of 30+ years in management roles at Fortune 500 companies.



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