In the two years since Pamela Rose released her CD Wild Women of Song: Great Gal Composers of the Jazz Era, the jazz and blues vocalist has been gratified to observe her music and the research behind it taking on an exuberant life of its own. Just last weekend she brought Wild Women to the Monterey Jazz Festival. Now Rose's internationally acclaimed and ever-expanding multimedia Wild Women show, which celebrates the lives, times, and music of the unheralded women songwriters who helped create the American Songbook, will be presented by SFJAZZat Herbst Theatre on Saturday, November 12, at 8:00 pm.
Rose will be performing with Kristen Strom, tenor saxophone; Tammy Hall, piano; Jeff Massanari, guitar; John Shifflett, bass; and, from New York, Allison Miller on drums. Special guest vocalist Denise Perrier will be featured as well.
The program brings a joyous, female-centric perspective to jazz history as it honors women songwriters from diverse backgrounds and culturesincluding Jewish, African American, and Latinowho reflect the very fabric of American music. Wild Women of Song has archived over 500 images and performed in a few select venues in California, New York, and London. Concerts have consistently elicited a keen response from audiences of all ages as well as jazz fans, blues fans, historians, educators, and Songbook enthusiasts.
In response to audience demand, Rose has compiled a book to be published by her Three Handed Media on November 8. The women songwriters covered in Wild Women of Song: Great Gal Composers of the Jazz Era are Ida Cox, Kay Swift, Dorothy Fields, Doris Fisher, Tot Seymour & Vee Lawnhurst, Peggy Lee, Bernice Petkere, Albert Hunter, Maria Grever, and Lil Hardin Armstrong.
After our shows," Rose explains, many people would ask how they could take home the bios and images we touch on in the show. My ongoing research brought me more images and inside detail than I could ever get to share in the show, so the book is a way to broaden the stage experience!"
Over the past year, Rose notes, she has received permission and additional images from some of the friends and families of the writers: from David Lahm, Dorothy Fields's son; Katharine Weber (Kay Swift's granddaughter) and the Kay Swift Trust; the Ira and Leonore Gershwin Family Trust; Chris Albertson (Ida Cox); and Peggy Lee Associates, LLC.
Sadly, some of the women I cover did not have families or resources to maintain their legacies," says Rose. I was lucky to find some friends of the Wild Women through various Sheet Music Societies."
The 80-page color, paperbound book, with a foreword by SFJAZZ Director of Education Rebeca Maulen, will also contain a 44-minute CD with tracks from Rose's original Wild Women of Song album as well as a couple of surprises. There's a previously unreleased Peggy Lee song, 'It's a Good Day,' which I recorded at Skywalker," says Rose, with a vocal arrangement by the Bay Area's very own Linda Tillery. And I've included Lil Hardin Armstrong's 'Just for a Thrill,' the title track of a previously released CD of mine. So many people have asked for that song, which we do perform as part of the show, I thought it would be nice to throw it in!"
When Rose approached vocalist Denise Perrier about being a Wild Woman for the SFJAZZ concert, she said, sign me up!' I have always loved the way Denise interprets and delivers a songand she was an early fan of my show and the research involved," says Rose. I'm enjoying the challenge of working her into the show itself, with songs she has allowed me to handpick for her, including an expanded tribute to Maria Grever I've long wanted to add."
Drummer Allison Miller had come to the Bay Area in 2009 for the recording of the Wild Women CD and also traveled with the band for their London show, so Rose is thrilled that Miller will be joining Wild Women at SFJAZZ.
Rose also plans to add new songs which show off not only these women songwriters, but the vocal talents of Tammy Hall and Kristen Strom."