“No singer can be all things to all people… But Ms. West comes as close as any jazz singer nowadays to carry off that impossible feat” - The New York Times
San Rafael, CA (PRWEB) October 06, 2014
Hailed as “the finest jazz-cabaret singer around” by JazzTimes, Paula West’s supple, velvety, and particular dusky soulfulness has captured the hearts of audiences and critics alike, from coast to coast. Known and respected for her creative and distinct repertoire, West adds her own depth and drama to whichever song she chooses for the moment, creating whole new frameworks of meaning for American favorites. Without fail, the songs come from a place of sincerity.
West has become a Manhattan fixture, regularly earning New York Nightlife Awards for “Outstanding Female Jazz Vocalist and was recruited by Wynton Marsalis to sing the lead role in the reprise of his Pulitzer Prize-winning opus Blood On the Fields last year.
This special evening of Jazz will open with a short performance from the Drake High School Jazz Band students.
WHAT: An Evening of Live Jazz with Paula West & Trio with guest appearance from the Drake High School Jazz Band members.
WHO: All are invited, no membership or Jewish affiliation necessary
SEATING: Reserved cabaret table seating & general admission choices
TICKETS: $22 – $35 / Student discount for ages17 and under
WHEN: Sat. Dec. 6 @ 8:00 | Doors @ 7:30. | Cocktails/Concessions open 7:00
WHERE: The Osher Marin JCC, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael.
PARKING: Ample FREE parking. Accessing the Osher Marin JCC from Highway 101 is effortless, 1/2 mile E off 101.
TICKETS: Available at http://www.marinjcc.org/arts
PAULA WEST Born into a Marine Corps family, Ms. West grew up in San Diego. Moving to San Francisco, she attended singing classes and jam sessions, where she was drawn to songs with interesting harmonies and literate lyrics. Since then, she has performed at venues like Yoshi's San Francisco, and the Empire Plush Room, she has given annual shows at the Herbst Theatre, and she now holds the record for consecutive weeks at The Rrazz Room. In New York, she has performed at Feinstein's at the Regency, The Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, Jazz Standard, Birdland, Blue Note, The Iridium, and Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center. She has been a featured soloist with The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.
Ms. West has worked with such jazz greats as Bobby Hutcherson, Bill Charlap, Mulgrew Miller, Frank Wess, Victor Lewis, Peter Washington, Regina Carter, Roy Haynes, Eric Reed, and Bruce Barth.
Among her national engagements, Ms. West has appeared at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Boston's Scullers, Jazz Aspen and major art festivals like Spoleto USA. Internationally she has performed in Europe, Japan, and Israel. She has shared the bill with luminaries such as Rosemary Clooney, Jimmy Scott, Oscar Brown, Jr., Freddy Cole, Mose Allison, Mavis Staples, and Dave Frishberg and she performed at The White House in a salute to American writers.
The Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts is the Performing Arts Department within the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center in San Rafael, California. For over 20 years we have spread the power of music, voice, humor, taste, culture, movement and words throughout the community by presenting classical music, club style dancing events, comedy, musical concerts, theater and performance in the grand Hoytt Theater, lectures. chats and demonstrations in the Kurland lounge and great world music & dancing for all ages outdoors under summer skies on Swig Field. All are welcome; no membership is required to attend. The Center is a long-standing Marin non- profit, centrally located in Marin County and just 1/4 mile east off Hwy 101