Pamela Luss (vocals), Jon Cowherd (piano), Myron Walden (sax), Richie Goods (acoustic bass), Rodney Green (drums)
LISTINGS INFORMATION: Vocalist Pamela Luss: Dizzys Club Coca Cola at Lincoln Center.30 West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023 11:00 pm After Hours Set. Doors open at 10:30 pm. No Reservations. Admission $10. For information call 212.258.9595
Pamela's groove is sultry and soulful ... Pamela Luss will surely wow listeners wherever she goes--Joe Knipes, Jazz Improv Magazine
Pretty enough to be Meadow Soprano's older sister, Pamela Luss has a solid set of pipes and a robustness many less solid singers would envy"--Christopher Loudon, JazzTimes
On Thursday, September 14th, 2006 (11:00 PM After Hours Set) vocalist Pamela Luss will be appearing at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola in New York City. Luss will be joined on stage by the world-class ensemble of Jon Cowherd (piano), Myron Walden (sax) Richie Goods (acoustic bass) and Rodney Green (drums).
It must be daunting to be a vocalist and have to sing a standard thrice-familiar that was recorded by everyone under the sun and still make it your own. But every once in a proverbial blue moon, a vocalist appears on the scene who meets the challenge head-on, singing songs, telling their stories without fear of being derivative or redundant and not straining to be different for difference's sake. Such a singer is Pamela Luss.
Pamela Luss had a surprisingly rich voice even as a child. Her father, an accomplished pianist, accompanied Pamela while she spent hours singing the songs of Sinatra, Streisand, and the Beatles. Pamela's exceptional pitch was apparent early on and remains strong today as one of the identifying features of a uniquely smooth voice with unusual fullness and purity of tone.
When the time was right, Pamela began many years of private vocal training. Her first coach was recommended by the Diller-Quaile School of Music in New York City. The priority was the correct use and development of her voice. Although offered a partial scholarship in voice at one school, Pamela chose New York University after being encouraged by the Dean of Music during her audition. While pursuing her singing and working in recruiting and human resources, Pamela was given the opportunity to perform as the solo vocalist for benefit concerts at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and for a season, as a regular at Bruno Jamais Restaurant Club. For the past year, she has been working full-time as a vocalist and has been performing at various clubs in New York City while developing her first CD.
At Weill Recital Hall, Pamela met saxophonist Vincent Herring, who performed in the annual concerts and became Musical Director. Under his masterful direction, the concerts were comprised of performances by a variety of great jazz musicians, including Eric Reed, Richie Goods, Louis Hayes, Stefon Harris, Wallace Roney, and others.
In 2005, Pamela went into the recording studio to cut her first CD. Vincent Herring was so taken with Pamela's talent and performances at Weill Hall that he agreed to produce and play on her debut recording. The band assembled reads like a Who's Who of contemporary jazz, featuring Mulgrew Miller, Tom Harrell, Richie Goods, Jeremy Pelt, Steve Turre, Russell Malone, Greg Hutchinson and others. Pamela has a great talent for getting to the heart of a lyric, of shaping a phrase with subtle insinuation and certainly is not intimated at all by her illustrious collaborators. The record, entitled There's Something About You I Don't Know, has been released by New York-based Savant Records.