Paula West Performs for an Intimate Evening of Jazz and Cocktails at the Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts at the Osher Marin JCC on Sat. October 10, 2015, at 8PM

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The Kanbar Center is thrilled to welcome back San Francisco’s own voice of soulfulness, Paula West. Hailed as “the finest jazz-cabaret singer around” by JazzTimes, Paula West’s supple, velvety contralto voice and swinging soulful style has captured the hearts of both critics and audiences around the world.

Paula West performs for the Kanbar Center at the Osher Marin JCC in San Rafael on 10/10/15.

Paula West, a San Francisco treasure, returns to the Osher Marin JCC 10/10/15

“the finest jazz-cabaret singer around” - JazzTimes

With a voice acclaimed for its many shades of soulfulness, Paula West has captured the hearts of critics and audiences alike from coast to coast. Known for her distinctive repertoire -- she believes the American Songbook includes such writers as Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Jimmy Webb, and Leonard Cohen -- Ms. West adds her own depth and drama to American favorites.

West has become a Manhattan fixture, regularly earning New York Nightlife Awards for “Outstanding Female Jazz Vocalist." She’s performed at The White House, had a sold-out debut at the Maison de la Musique in Paris, and last year was recruited by Wynton Marsalis to sing the lead role in the reprise of his Pulitzer Prize-winning opus Blood on the Fields.

She returns to the Osher Marin JCC for an intimate night of sophistication, jazz & cocktails in Marin, set to her velvet voice and irresistible sense of swing.

“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

What: An Intimate Evening of Live Jazz & cocktails with Paula West
Who: All are invited, no membership or Jewish affiliation necessary
Seating: Reserved cabaret table seating & general admission choices
Tickets: $22 – $35 / Student discount for ages 17 & under
When: Sat. Oct. 10 at 8:00pm | Doors at 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

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 harmonics 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.

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. She also performed at The White House in a salute to American writers.

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.

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Linda Bolt
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