Pamela Rose: Wild Women of Song, Thursday, November 8, 2012


Pamela Rose: Wild Women of Song: Great Gal Composers of the Jazz Era
Thursday, November 8
Kuumbwa Jazz

“A real gift…  playful, sure and sassy.” – DownBeat magazine

“A joyous, female-centric perspective to jazz history honoring the women songwriters – Jewish, African-American and Latina – who reflect the very fabric of American Music.” – Jazz Times

Pamela Rose’s Wild Women of Song is a multi-media event that has won critical raves wherever it has played, including the Monterey and SF JAZZ Festivals. Vocalist Rose has tapped into a rich vein of creativity in celebrating the careers and contributions of early 20th century female songwriters. With no shortage of songs to cover, she brings a refreshed version of her show back to Kuumbwa featuring a new set list of choice material. Rose is ably backed by some of the Bay Area’s best musicians: Kristen Strom – saxophone; Tammy Hall – piano; Ruth Davies,– bass; Jeff Massanari – guitar and Kent Bryson – drums. Wild Women of Song: Great Gal Composers of the Jazz Era is also the name of her CD/book project.

Pamela Rose grew up in Southern California, where, as a youngster, she developed her love of singing. In the mid-’70s, Pamela moved to the Bay Area to attend UC Berkeley. From her early days as a singing waitress to her first national tour experience, with Hammond B-3 great Merl Saunders, jazz and blues has been her primary focus. After touring with Saunders, in 1977, Rose became a Bay Area mainstay. During the early ’80s, with guitarist Chris Cobb, she formed the Eights (later Wild Kingdom) to play Bay Area dance clubs. After she and vocalist Glenn Walters, of the HooDoo Rhythm Devils, teamed up for the R&B duet “When A Man Loves A Woman” they were soon asked to join Motown revivalists Zazu Pitts Memorial Orchestra, a popular “party band” of the ’80s. But by the ’90s, Rose had gravitated back to her jazz inclinations, exploring the Great American Songbook standards and writing her own music. She toured Europe, headlined at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, and released two recordings: On the Jazzy Side of Blue (nominated for two BAMMIE Awards) and Everytime I’m With You. Her next foray was a return to Hammond B-3 fueled soul-jazz with the release of You Could Have It All, featuring Jimmy Pugh of the Robert Cray Band. A fourth release, Just For A Thrill, features former Charles Brown guitarist Danny Caron.

In 2009, Rose started her current project, Wild Women of Song: Great Gal Composers of the Jazz Era, with Grammy winner Leslie Ann Jones. The idea was to create a multi-media performance focusing on the great jazz and blues standards originated by female songwriters, many of whose names have faded over time. Not only is Wild Women of Song as educational as it is entertaining, ranging from boogie woogie blowouts to the Great American Songbook standards, but it revitalizes a wonderful era through storytelling, video projections, and great music.

Pamela Rose: Wild Women of Song

DATE: Thursday, November 8, 2012
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $20/Adv $23/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Graham Howes

(415) 717-0122

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