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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 I enjoy the freedom.
I was first exposed to jazz when I was 17.
I met Cedar Walton at a concert in San Paulo.
The best show I ever attended was Helio Jambao trio.
The first jazz record I bought was Witchcraft by George Benson.
My advice to new listeners is listen to the old school first.