Following her sold-out Yoshi's San Francisco concert in November--a rollicking multimedia showcase drawn from her Wild Women of Song CD--jazz and blues vocalist Pamela Rose will be kicking off the new year with three Bay Area performances devoted to this same dynamic repertoire. It goes beyond a jazz show," says Bruce Kelley of San Francisco magazine. It's a swinging honors course in womankind!"
Rose and her band will be featured at a special Valentine's Day show in San Jose Jazz's Winter Series, on Sun. 2/14 at 2:00 pm; at the Mildred Owen Concert Hall in Pacifica, produced by Pacifica Performances, on Sat. 3/6 at 7:30 pm; and at an afternoon fund-raiser to be held Sun. 3/21 at the Jazz Heritage Center in San Francisco, as part of a Women's History Month program.
Wild Women of Song: Great Gal Composers of the Jazz Era, released last fall on Rose's own Three Handed Records, features the music of women songwriters--particularly those of the Tin Pan Alley and classic blues eras--whose contributions Rose was determined to celebrate. Jazz Times magazine's Harvey Siders described the disc as heartfelt, female-centric jazz anthropology."
Indeed, Wild Women of Song has not only been a challenging musical endeavor for Rose, but an ongoing cultural history project. She's created a web site (http://www.wildwomenofsong.com) filled with fascinating details about the women represented on the disc (Kay Swift, Bernice Petkere, and Peggy Lee among them). And the show she's developed is a multimedia event that tells the story of these women through music, visuals, and narrative, adding new elements to Rose's always-electrifying performances.
Pamela Rose will be performing at the Bay Area shows with Kris Strom, tenor saxophone; Tammy Hall, piano; Jeff Massanari, guitar; Ruth Davies, bass; and Dave Rokeach, drums. She's also looking forward to taking this exciting show beyond the Bay, and for starters, she and her band are set to appear at the Seeds of Peace fund-raiser in London on 5/22.
Sun. Feb. 14, 2:00 pm, San Jose Jazz Winter Series
San Jose Improv, 62 S. Second St., San Jose
$30 ($25 students & San Jose Jazz members)
Sat. March 6, 7:30 pm, Pacifica Performances
Mildred Owen Concert Hall, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica
$20 general admission
Sun. March 21, 3:00-6:00 pm, Jazz Heritage Center (fund-raiser performance/reception)
1330 Fillmore (next to Yoshi's), San Francisco
3:00 pm Performance in the Media and Education Center at rear of lobby, 5:00 pm Reception at the Lush Life Gallery, 1320 Fillmore
Contribution: $40 performance only; $50 performance and CD; $75 performance, CD, and reception with musicians.