Paula West

Monday, October 14, 7:00 PM Paula West $25/Adv $28/Door No Comps Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00 PM “…a swinging pop-jazz sophisticate in the tradition of Lena Horne and Carmen McRae” – New York Times
 With a particular dusky soulfulness, San Francisco jazz treasure Paula West has captured the hearts of critics and audiences alike. Known and respected for her creative and distinct repertoire, West adds her own depth and drama to whichever song she chooses. Her affinity for Dylan and McCartney and other contemporary balladeers demonstrates her “refusal to be bound by categories,” according to The New York Times. Her nights at the Algonquin Hotel’s famed Oak Room in New York have earned her three straight New York magazine Nightlife awards as “Outstanding Female Jazz Vocalist.” Wests’ powerful contralto voice paired with her insinuating sense of swing, make her a vocalist not to be...

Paula West – Monday, November 7

Paula West Monday, November 7, 7:00 pm The Great American Songbook has never sounded as captivating as it does when Paula West sings. Says Steven Winn of The San Francisco Chronicle, “It’s doubtful that anyone is singing better than Paula West these days…this extraordinary jazz singer wears each song like perfectly fitted silk”. With a particular dusky soulfulness, West has captured the hearts of critics and audiences alike from coast to coast. Known for her distinctive repertoire, West adds her own depth and drama to whichever song she chooses for the moment, creating whole new frameworks of meaning for American favorites. Without fail, the songs come from a place of sincerity. “In the end, she explains, “it’s just getting the story across. To me, the words are the most important thing.”  As the Pulitzer prize-winning, New York Times’ Margo Jefferson writes in her liner notes, “Ms. West never forces anything. She is rhythmically fluid and she knows just where to alter a melody, but there are none of the embellishments that show off the voice, bury the song and leave the heart untouched.” Born into a Marine Corps family, Paula West grew up in San Diego. “My parents didn’t have a lot of jazz records. My father liked to listen to classical music.” Moving to San Francisco, she attended singing classes and jam sessions. Drawn to songs with interesting harmonics and literate lyrics, West always keeps two things in mind-communication with the audience and an intelligent approach to lyrics. She also feels The Songbook has expanded, and now includes such writers as, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Jimmy Webb, and Leonard...