New York, NY – Jazz Diva sensation Paulette McWilliams has recorded and, toured with some of the world’s greatest musical artists, such as: Quincy Jones, Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, among others, and in commercials as a jingle specialist. Now, she is sharing her dynamic voice and solo work this New Years at Joe's Pub with the Nat Adderley Jr. Quartet, featuring Don Braden on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 7:30PM at Joe's Pub Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street New York, NY 10003.
Tickets are: $18. For more information and ticket sales visit: joespub.com or call 212.967.7555.
Jazz has always been my genre of choice since I was a little girl listening to my mother singing Jazz and Blues. I've been a Jazz singer all of my life. I have sung backup R&B, Pop, Rock, and so many other genres; but during Luther Vandross's sound checks, when everyone else was singing the most popular songs, I would always sing Jazz standards,” states McWilliams. I am so looking forward to singing Jazz in New York City at the renown Joe's Pub. Performing in such a beautiful intimate setting will be a homecoming, as I have spent many years in New York. It’ll be comparable to singing in my living room for all of the people I love. Which is what I always did as a young girl, so I feel it's a full circle moment for me."
McWilliams will be joined by with the Nat Adderley Jr. Quartet, featuring Don Braden, and will also sing songs from her album Telling Stories; “It is obvious with one listen that Paulette McWilliams has deep roots in Jazz. Her soulful inflections are reminiscent of Nancy Wilson and other great jazz vocalist that allow for all forms of black music to seep into their artistry.” -Terri Lyne Carrington. Jazz artist Michael Buble says is it’s “Absolutely beautiful!”
Date: Friday January 3, 2014
Call: 212.967.7555Joe’s Pub
425 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003
Train: 6 train to Astor Place, B/D/F/M train to Broadway Lafayette, A/C train to West 4th St Bus: M1 to E 8th St - Lafayette Driving: FDR Drive to exit 7, E 25th St., to E 3rd St to Lafayette StAbout Paulette McWilliams
Paulette McWilliams’ mom used to tell her that before she could utter “cohesive baby-talk,”Paulette was singing songs. Did it have something to do with the fact that her mom sang all the time? More than likely it did. The “lyrical and vocal dye was cast” and singing was in her DNA. At 11 years old, Paulette was competing on the “Amateur Hour” TV show and their special guest star that evening was the one-and-only Sammy Davis Jr. Sammy pulled little Paulette aside and said she should stay on the path and don’t be discouraged due to her second-place finish on the show. It inspired her. Years later, Paulette became the lead singer with Ask Rufus and was solely responsible for introducing the group to a friend of hers, Chaka Khan. Paulette was leaving the group and she felt Chaka had what it takes to fill her lead spot. For a period of time, Paulette and Chaka both shared the lead in Ask Rufus and when Paulette left, Chaka took over. To this day, they remain the best of friends – one of those life-changing ties that bind. Moving from gig to gig, Paulette worked feverishly and then, thanks to a sample recording, she was introduced to Quincy Jones.
Phil Upchurch, a fine Jazz guitarist, sent a home studio recording to Quincy. Shortly thereafter, Paulette became solo/lead singer with Quincy during his “Body Heat” tour and featured her on his“Mellow Madness” album – the title song co-written by Paulette. Next, they toured Japan, where one of Paulette’s dreams came true: singing a duet live with the legendary Sarah Vaughan (who Quincy often compared her to) while Quincy conducted the orchestra. McWilliams has also wrote and performed for TV commercial (work) such as Folgers Coffee, McDonalds, Diet Pepsi (withBritney Spears), Cadillac, Cover Girl, American Express, Celebrex, MasterCard, United Airlines, Budweiser Beer and the memorable, “Love Jones” tune Mercedes used triumphantly.
“Paulette McWilliams is a great Jazz singer! ... Her spontaneity, tone, interpretation and her style is beautifully brilliant...I love listening to my sister's voice!” -Chaka Khan