“Pamela Rose has a great voice, range and phrasing and on-the-mark intonation recalling Nancy Wilson” —All About Jazz
“(Rose's) choice of material and her original compositions display her good taste in popular music...a rare quality these days...I was impressed with her knowing sense of jazz.” —Bobby Short
“Lots of sexy, soulful swing...with a dash of Dinah Washington thrown in...the Jazz crowd should pay attention to Pamela Rose!” —Phil Elwood, San Francisco Examiner
“Pamela Rose turns jazz into her own brand of soul music...and she swings!” —Ben Fong Torres (Gavin Report)
“'Just for a Thrill' is a cup of slowly simmered jazz. Song after song features Rose at her finest. Intimate, at times hushed, deeply romantic ... these are fully absorbed pearls and phrasings of a singer and composer who knows she needs no improvement. And the band can't be beat!” —Bruce Kelley, Editor, San Francisco magazine
Dec 18, 6:00 p.m to 8:30 p.m.
2087 Addison, Berkeley
Dec 19, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Laguna Honda Hospital, San Francisco
Sidepocket with Pamela Rose and Glenn Walters—Dance bands for every occasion
Welcome! So glad you found your way here - that means you really love jazz and blues and want to learn more about singer, songwriter and bandleader Pamela Rose. Excellent, you’re our kind of guest. Kick your shoes off and stay awhile!
Hammond Organ Party!
Pamela Rose & Wayne De La Cruz
San Francisco singer Pamela Rose has teamed up with Hammond B-3 wizard Wayne De La Cruz to create an album that jazz and blues enthusiasts are already calling a classic. Hammond Organ Party! is an inexplicably rare encounter between a soul-drenched singer and a prodigious jazz organist. Loose and limber, moving and grooving, the album feels like a Saturday night celebra- tion, with Rose and her top-shelf cast romping through swinging jazz standards, blues hits, and R&B classics.
Featuring ace guitarist Jeff Massanari, searing alto saxophonist Charles McNeal, and veteran drummer Kent Bryson, the band gets plenty of room to stretch out on De La Cruz's smart but refreshingly un-fastidious arrange- ments. The result is a session that sounds like it was recorded live at a crowded club on a very good night.
Jazz and blues listeners will connect vocalist and educator Pamela Rose with her work of the past 5 years, a celebration of women songwriters in her book, recording and touring multimedia show Wild Women of Song: Great Gal Composers of the Jazz Era.
But San Francisco Bay Area fans know that Rose's enduring passion for the swinging and soulful sounds of the Hammond B-3 organ have often paired her with jazz B-3 master Wayne De La Cruz at local clubs and festivals. De La Cruz approached Rose with the idea of taking that partnership into the studio with special arrangements structured for voice and B-3. The re- sult is Hammond Organ Party!, a hard swinging session that thrills jazz and blues fans alike.
"With depth of feeling, crystalline enunciation, refined musical sensibility, and rich, inviting alto tones, Rose offers fresh, frequently exquisite, takes on the standards presented in Wild Women of Song." - Jazz Critic Lee Hildebrand