Vocalist JOANNA PASCALE Announces the Upcoming Release of Her New Recording THROUGH MY EYES Available on June 17!
In addition to having an impressive vocal range and flawless intonation, Pascale brings an abundance of feeling, warmth, and emotion to 'Stardust' and other well-known standards. She not only has solid vocal chops; she has soul." - All Music Guide
From seemingly nowhere comes 24 year old Joanna with this disc debut and I'm absolutely like putty in her hands. One dozen songs never had it so good. Attention MUST be paid to Joanna Pascale." - In Tune International Magazine
Stunning, sophisticated and extremely soulful" - Philadelphia Weekly
Joanna Pascale is a new, young talent to be reckoned with. It will be intriguing to see and hear what her future holds in store." - Victor Schermer, All about Jazz
CD Release Celebrations for Through My Eyes
Friday & Saturday, May 23 & 24 @ 8PM, Twins Jazz
Joanna Pascale Quartet featuring Tim Warfield (saxophones), Andrew Adair (piano), Madison Rast (bass), Dan Monaghan (drums). Twins Jazz is located at 1344 U. St. NW, Washington, D.C., tel (202) 234-0072, $18
Sunday, June 1 @ 5PM, Millenium Hall-Loews Hotel Philadelphia.
CD signing and after party will follow in the Solefood Lounge Joanna Pascale Quartet featuring Tim Warfield (saxophones), Andrew Adair (piano), Madison Rast (bass), Dan Monaghan (drums). Loews Hotel Philadelphia is located at 1200 Market Street (@12th Street), Tkts are $25 - includes admission to the concert and a copy of the new CD Through My Eyes
Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 6-9PM, Solefood @ Loews Hotel
Joanna Pascale Quartet. Wednesdays and Fridays feature Tim Warfield Loews Hotel Philadelphia is located at 1200 Market Street (@12th Street)
Elegant and eloquent, Joanna Pascale oozes emotional intensity. Her vivid interpretations are the perfect reminder that they don't call it the GREAT American Songbook for nothing.
Vocalist Joanna Pascale hails from Philadelphia, and she is an artist that exudes the soulfulness, confidence and joy for performing this music that generations of jazz musicians from Philly have always possessed. This is present with every musical choice the vocalist makes. With the release of Pascale's hugely successful, and critically-acclaimed debut CD, When Lights Are Low, and through her weekly residency at the Loews Hotel, she has become one of Philadelphia's most respected (by fans, critics and peers alike) and accomplished vocalists, proudly carrying on a long tradition of internationally applauded jazz artists emanating from the city.
On her stunning new CD Through My Eyes (to be released on June 17), it is evident that Joanna Pascale has not only become a compelling performer, but also an uber-talented vocalist, completely in control of her impressive instrument. On Through My Eyes she engages her skills to interpret ten relatively obscure gems from the Great American Songbook, such as You'd Be So Easy To Love" (from the 1936 film Born To Dance) and Something Wonderful" (from The King and I), with a joie de vivre that only surfaces when an artist revels in the act of making music, as Pascale does with every note she sings. This gift to the listener is wrapped up in the nonpareil accompaniment of her working band: Tim Warfield (tenor & soprano saxophones), Andrew Adair (piano), Madison Rast (bass) and Dan Monaghan (drums). With the release of Through My Eyes vocalist Joanna Pascale has fired another cannonball over the bow of the jazz world; a friendly warning shot that a gifted, bright star is on the scene.
More on Joanna Pascale: Captivated by storytelling, Joanna Pascale experiments with and communicates the poetry, passion and poignancy in a song directly from her heart. Scavenging the Great American Songbook like a musical detective is a favorite pastime, and she's amassed a collection of over 400 of some of the greatest pop music ever written plus a plethora of some of the forgotten hits from that era. The sophisticated lady shines when playing with the mood and color of a song. Pascale's vocal dynamics connotes the aura of both wartime generations, yet her thoroughly modern band leaves room for her to reinvent the vintage masterworks. She knows the period: 1920 to 1960, and has developed an historical knowledge of the golden age of American popular music. In addition to her four-decade chronicle in song", she's also created programs showcasing one particular vocalist, composer or theme.
Joanna Pascale has appeared and recorded with jazz giants such as trumpeter and Director of Jazz Studies at Temple University, Terell Stafford; saxophonists Tim Warfield and John Ellis; legendary drummer Mickey Roker; piano virtuosos, Cyrus Chestnut and Bruce Barth, and many others. She performs three nights a week with her quintet at the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia in addition to touring nationwide. In August 2006, she was selected for the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour roster. On top of a busy performing and recording schedule, the Temple alum is also a member of the vocal faculty at Temple University. She teaches private voice and ensemble lessons, as well as conducts performance practices and workshops.
Pascale began her musical education as a listener. I gravitated to Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Scott albums," recalls Pascale. I memorized these songs as if they were a part of my generation's popular music." When I started going to jam sessions, singers would always perform the same couple of songs," stated Pascale. It would amaze me that gems like Serenade in Blue or Once In a While, for example, would fall through the cracks. I made it my mission to learn these under performed standards, and to search for other songs that I felt should be remembered." What really sets Pascale apart from other vocalists, though, is not just her repertoire, but also her musicianship, for which she has gained the admiration of some prominent musicians:
Joanna Pascale's singing will make your heart melt. No, really. Listen at your own peril." - John Ellis, saxophone, Hyena Records recording artist
Joanna is very talented, and has a lot on the ball. She sings songs from my era, songs that have meaning. She tells stories and she has quality, that's the main thing you need for whatever you do. She's like Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday, and that's a lot of quality." - Mickey Roker, legendary jazz drummer
Joanna Pascale is a classy, lovely singer, with a swinging vibe and a way with a lyric. She prefers to woo you with intimacy and charm, rather than beat you over the head. I could listen to her all night." - Bill Cunliffe, Grammy nominated arranger and composer
She has been influenced as have all young 'song birds', but once you hear Joanna you'll know it's her. Copycats don't last, but Joanna will be around for a long time. You get this feeling like she's out there singing only to you." - Robert Bootsie" Barnes
Joanna Pascale is one of the new 'rising stars' of her generation. With her vast knowledge of the Great American Songbook, she exudes a musical elegance very reminiscent of many past legends in the jazz vocal tradition, embracing an idea not exemplified by many of her contemporaries. Quite clearly she is not just another chick singer but rather a jazz vocalist whose level of musicality acutely defines who she is stylistically." - Tim Warfield