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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.

A voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Adams also served on the board of the New England Conservatory. She is included in Scott Yanow's 2009 edition of "The Jazz Singers". Learn more about this chanteuse at www.patriciaadams.com

Symbio Obbligato, Alone Together
First Sundays, 2008
Live @ Ryles Jazz Club, 2005
With Our Compliments, 2004
Out Of This World, 2001
Blue For You, 1998
Raw Silk, 1996

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The Patricia Adams Quartet plays a popular jazz brunch at Ryles Jazz Club, Cambridge, MA the first Sunday of each month, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. No cover. On-line reservations at www.RylesJazz.com or call 617 876 9330.


Shure Beta 58 cordless mic Gigrack 300 powered mixer Boze 402 speakers


"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. When one considers the late start and the fact that she began her career when most vocalists’ voices are failing, it is not difficult to come to the conclusion that she has some screws loose. And, while she may in fact have some screws loose, they haven’t gotten in the way of her pursuit. Over the years she has plodded away, working on new material, seeking advice from Ray Santisi and other experienced musicians, and showing up at the Inman Square club with sword in one hand and microphone in the other, tackling with determination each week’s (usually) full house. I was thinking about such things as I listened to her work with Ray Santisi, Dave Zox (doing a fine job subbing for Greg Loughman), and Gary Johnson 3/7 at the club. Patricia’s progress has been more than remarkable. Her voice has improved and—even more important—she has much better command of how to use it. Even on those rare occasions when she finds herself in over her head, she does not fight the song. She let’s it—sometimes eventually—come to her. And all of this improvement has resulted in confidence, not the studied and sometimes forced “confidence” she and others on the upward path engage in, but a great calm of self-assurance indicating that she knows what she is trying to do and that occasional failure is merely a price you pay on the way. Now the larger fundamentals are behind her, and she can hone the finer fundamentals and pursue—as all the fine vocalists preceding her did—the art of repertoire. That’s an ongoing tall order. But at least she has no reason to fight her way through the material. Happily I saw no evidence of the sword on my March visit to witness her music... " Boston Jazz Scene, March 2010

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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.


Album Discography


Sarah DeLeo
voice / vocals
Rana Farhan
voice / vocals
JaRon Eames
voice / vocals
Adele Zane
voice / vocals
Michelle Carr
voice / vocals
Susan Krebs
voice / vocals
Jeanne O'Connor
voice / vocals
Nerissa Campbell
voice / vocals
Margret Avery
voice / vocals
Anne Mironchik
voice / vocals
Lonnie Gasperini
organ, Hammond B3

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