Jazz singer who played to standing-room-only monthly from 2003 to 2016 @Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge, MA after forty years in Fortune 500 management ranks.
Patricia Adams stopped performing in 2016 and lives quietly in upstate NY with her cocker spaniel. She was bandleader and vocalist who shuttled her renditions of standards from renaissance Harlem and Tin Pan Alley between Manhattan, Westchester, Hartford and Boston.
Music director, Frank Wilkins [piano], Dave Zox [bass] and Gary Johnson [drums] brought alive the repertoire of vocals Patricia carefully chooses each month at Ryles Jazz Club Sunday brunch in Cambridge, MA.
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 a pro bono gigs later, she took the plunge and traded her thirty-five year career in human resources management for life as a full time artist. Marketing press kits and phone calls, 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.
In addition to clubs, restaurants, museums, libraries and other public venues, Adams played to the continuing demand of a growing 'seniors' market. Her one-woman-shows, singing live to jazz and blues
soundtracks made the rounds of area residences for seniors.
Adams brought her 35 years corporate experience to Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA with her business jazz jam for the entrepreneurial musician, Bandleader Toolkit, a collaboration with her music director,
Berklee Professor Ray Santisi. This two-hour workshop explores the nuts and bolts of prospecting, booking and managing gigs and venues.
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. Read Adams' Tales From The
Practice Room, Jazz Times Magazine 2005/2006 Education Guide, Page 60.
Discography includes Symbio Obbligato (2010), First Sundays (2008), Live @ Ryles Jazz Club, Set 1 & Set 2 (2005), With Our Compliments ! (2004), Out Of This World (2001) which placed in four categories on the 2001 Grammy Awards ballot, Blue For You (1998), and Raw Silk (1996). Her recordings are available through North Country Distributors in Redwood, NY and on-line through CDBaby.com and Amazon.com. Singles may be downloaded from iTunes.com, Rhapsody.com and listened to on Napster.com and MusicNet.com, to name
a few of her 50 + digital distributors.
Adams was a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences and served on the board of the New England Conservatory. he received mention in jazz reviewer, Scott Yanow's latest book "The Jazz