Pamela Rose is a San Francisco jazz and blues vocalist who has thrilled audiences locally and internationally with her swinging, soulful style. Rose is that rare breed of entertainer who connects solidly with her audience by always delivering a personal and unforgettable musical experience. Her rich, bold, warm voice and easy rapport with excellent musicians moves jazz and blues audiences of all ages.
Originally from Southern California, Rose attended UC Berkeley and quickly met up with Hammond B-3 organist Merl Saunders, who took her on tour in 1977. This experience helped to define the strong passions that keep music fresh for Pamela today: writing and developing songs which are personal to her, a strong love for improvisation and spontaneity that comes with performing live, and a crazy adoration for the soulful sounds of Hammond B-3 organ.
It was quite some time before Rose found her way to jazz, though. She worked steadily in an array of popular combos, such as new wave dance band Wild Kingdom, and the R&B revue called "When a Man Loves a Woman" with vocalist Glenn Walters (of Hoo Doo Rhythm Devils fame), with whom she still performs. But she gained her widest early exposure in Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra, a talent-laden Motown-inspired ensemble boasting outsize talent like percussionist Karl Perazzo and vocalist Linda Tillery.
After marrying her true love Steven Dinkelspiel and coming off the road to begin their two child family, Rose began exploring American Songbook standards she recalled hearing her mother sing. Working with pianist Nate Ginsberg, she gained recognition with her 1993 album On the Jazzy Side of Blue, nominated for two BAMMIE Awards and followed up with Every Time I'm With You. In 2001 her all-original B-3 soul jazz album You Could Have it All with organist Tony Stead was singled out for a profile on NPR's "All Things Considered". Another CD in 2006 - Just for a Thrill continued to explore the jazz, blues and original music.
But it was the dazzling 2009 album, produced by Leslie Ann Jones, Wild Women of Song: Great Gal Composers of the Jazz Era, which really launched Rose into the national limelight. Making a compelling case for the enduring contributions of women to American"s treasure trove of popular music, Rose developed the concept into a touring multi-media live concert, website, youtube channel and published a book with in-depth biographies and discographies of these fascinating, feisty women. Rose continues to tour with that project and is currently working on a new show: Wild Women of the Blues.
Meanwhile, Rose has teamed up with jazz organist Wayne De La Cruz to release CD Hammond Organ Party! This is an inexplicably rare encounter between a soul-drenched singer and a prodigious B-3 practitioner. Loose and limber, moving and grooving, the album feels like a Saturday night celebration, with Rose and her top-shelf cast romping through beloved standards, blues hits, and R&B classics.