Paula Harris has been hailed as a powerhouse by anyone’s definition. Often compared to Etta James and Dinah Washington, her fusion of Jazz and Blues will delight fans of both genres. There was a time, particularly in the 1950s and early ‘60s, when the worlds of blues and jazz often overlapped. Blues has always been one of the foundations of jazz, and the best blues performances have the improvising spirit of jazz.
This act takes her listeners back to that golden age of American music when these 2 genres were still closely aligned and illustrates how they formed the bulk of what was considered the popular music of the day.
Paula also pulls in the grooves of soul and R&B and frequently intersperses her songs with impish stories. Don’t be surprised if you get some of what Paula calls The Great American Songbook “PART TWO” further driving her point of jazz and Blues being foundational to all American music home.
Jazz writer Scott Yanow described Paula’s work as “Highly expressive yet subtle singing that gives each song the passion that it deserves.” And commented, “Not too many blues vocalists today interpret material like Billie Holiday’s “Good Morning Heartache,” Louis Jordan’s big hit “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby,” or Thelonious Monk’s “’Round Midnight” (for which the singer wrote new lyrics) but Ms. Harris gives each of these very different songs her own personal interpretations. Their inclusion should alert jazz listeners to the singer’s vast talent”.
With shows that sell out more often than not-and rousing ovations nightly- it’s easy to see why she was awarded the 2018 Award for “Best Female Vocalist in Northern California and has received airplay on more than 3,000 stations world-wide. Get your tickets early and come prepared to be entertained!
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