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PAULA WEST was fueled by a determination to find the best music and communicate it in her own way. Born into a Marine Corps family in San Diego, California, she was initially exposed to classical music. "My parents didn't have a lot of jazz records," remembers Paula "My father linked to listen to classical music." Paula began listening to jazz singers such as Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughn while in college. After college, Paula moved to San Francisco, unsure of what she wanted to do with her life. Buying old records from thrift shops, she studied them and then began singing classes

ARTICLE: RADIO

Sweet And Low Down

Read "Sweet And Low Down" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

A two hour broadcast with new releases from the legendary Louis Armstrong and His All Stars, guitarists Amanda Monaco and Doug MacDonald, a single from Terri Lyne Carrington + Social Science and vocalists Claudia Villela and Kate Vargas, with birthday shout outs to George Gershwin, Lee Wiley (pictured) and Alison Wedding, among others. Also a preview ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

I'll Remember April - Happy Jazz Appreciation Month!

Read "I'll Remember April - Happy Jazz Appreciation Month!" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

A smooth segue from Women's History into Jazz Appreciation Month, commencing with a celebration of Gene Bertoncini, Freddie Hubbard and John Pizzarelli's birthdays in the first hour and concluding with a celebration of Billie Holiday in the final hour, plus new releases from Ashley Pezzotti, Ulysses Owens, Jr., Alicia Olatuja and Claire Martin & Jim Mullen ...

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A Family Feeling: Temple University Jazz Faculty Record New Music By Bruce Barth

A Family Feeling: Temple University Jazz Faculty Record New Music  By Bruce Barth

In June, six members of Temple University’s noted jazz faculty gathered in Bunker Hill Studio in Brooklyn to record eight tracks of new music composed by Bruce Barth. Terell Stafford, director of Jazz Studies at Temple, lead the charge and the result, Family Feeling, is a reflection on the warm camaraderie between Terell Stafford (trumpet); Dick ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jerome Jennings: The Beast

Read "The Beast" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Jerome Jennings has occupied the drum throne on plenty of high profile gigs since arriving in New York just over a decade ago, working with everybody from vocalist Paula West to bassist Christian McBride and trumpeter Bria Skonberg to saxophonist Craig Handy. But his is a name that still may not be familiar to many jazz ...

Live at Jazz Standard

Label: Hi Horse
Released: 2012
Track listing: Baltimore Oriole; Like a Rolling Stone; Wichita Lineman; Romance in the Dark; Man wanted; Nature Boy; Don’t Think twice; Where Flamingos Fly; Pocketful of Miracles; Softly As in a Morning’s Sunrise; My Romance.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Paula West: Live at Jazz Standard

Read "Live at Jazz Standard" reviewed by Tom Pierce

Devotees of superior jazz vocalists have several reasons to rejoice about this fourth CD by the highly respected San Francisco-based Paula West. First and foremost, the recording is simply a true knockout; but the rejoicing is also because, despite rave audiences and reviews for over a decade, this is West's first release since the impressively executed ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Paula West at Feinstein's

Paula West at Feinstein's

FEINSTEIN'S AT LOEWS REGENCY, the nightclub proclaimed “Best of New York" by New York Magazine, and “an invaluable New York institution" by The New York Post, continues its Fall 2010 season with the debut engagement of critically-acclaimed jazz vocalist Paula West from October 12-16 and from November 22-27. He will perform selections by Bob Dylan ("Shelter ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Paula West and Rebecca Parris Celebrate Lena Horne in Concert

Paula West and Rebecca Parris Celebrate Lena Horne in Concert

FIVE PERFORMANCES (BOSTON, MA; CAMDEN, ME & WASHINGTON D.C.) James Gavin's STORMY WEATHER WHERE: Scullers Jazz Club (inside Doubletree Guest Suites Boston) 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA 02134-1805 (617) 783-0090 scullersjazz.com WHEN: Saturday, April 24, 2010 sets at 8:00 & 10:00PM WHERE: Camden Opera House ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Ministering to an Unlikely Couple

Ministering to an Unlikely Couple

Subversion and sex: to hear the San Francisco jazz singer Paula West stamp her personality on songs by Bob Dylan and Cole Porter in the same program is like encountering someone with a multilingual gift. Ms. West is one of a few singers who can reconcile the raw sarcasm of early Dylan with Porters archness and ...


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