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This week, we spotlight some videos from singer Paula West, who will be in St. Louis on Saturday, November 22 to perform at the Sheldon Concert Hall. Some local listeners have had the chance to hear West before, as she came to town earlier this year for a four-night engagement at the now-closed Cabaret at Savor. For those who haven't yet heard her, this review from Backstage magazine of a performance last month at the Oak Room in NYC's Algonquin Hotel conveys some idea of her approach to interpretative singing.
To hear for yourself, though, check out these two clips of West performing two very different songs, the Latin-jazz standard Nature Boy" (above) and Bob Dylan's verbose rock classic Like a Rolling Stone" (below) with her regular accompanists the George Mesterhazy Quartet at the Jazz Standard in NYC.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.