Pamela Rose - Wild Women of Song

Fresh from sold-out performances in London and Los Angeles, Bay Area jazz vocalist Pamela Rose will bring her hit concert Wild Women of Song: Great Gal Composers of the Jazz Era to two Bay Area jazz venues in November. On Tuesday, November 9 at 8 p.m., Rose will perform at the legendary Yoshi’s Jazz Club in Oakland. On Thursday, November 11 at 7 p.m., she will bring her show to the internationally recognized non-profit jazz venue Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz.

The Thursday night Jazz Series at Kuumbwa Jazz – called Cookin’ at Kuumbwa – features guest chefs from local restaurants, plus Café Kuumbwa resident chef, Cheryl Simons. Price includes concert and dinner and may be purchased in advance. Advance reservations include reserved seating at a table, plus the advance jazz & dinner package including a discount off the door price. Doors open and dinner is served one-hour before showtime.

Wild Women of Song celebrates the lives, times and music of the often-invisible women songwriters of the Tin Pan Alley era. Rose brings vast musical experience to a program that showcases many well-known songs from the Great American Songbook including, “Wild Women (Don’t Get the Blues)” (Ida Cox), “I’m in the Mood for Love” (Dorothy Fields), “Can’t We Be Friends?” (Kay Swift) and “What a Diff’rence a Day Made” (Maria Grever). Featuring storytelling and archival photos, Rose – backed by her 5-piece band – artfully delivers a cultural retrospective, adding historical elements to her performance. Rose’s band includes: Tammy Hall (piano), Ruth Davies (bass), Jess Massanari (guitar), Kristen Strom (saxophone) and Kent Bryson (drums).

Originally from Southern Calfornia, Rose began her music career at a very young age. Captivated by classic blues singers like Bessie Smith and Ida Cox, Rose put herself through U.C. Berkeley by belting out the blues as a singing waitress. After graduation, Rose toured with Hammond B-3 organist Merl Saunders followed by a run with rock guitarist Chris Cobb. Working with pianist Nate Ginsberg, Rose turned her songwriting efforts toward a Swing-era sound and quickly gained recognition with her debut album “On the Jazzy Side of Blue,” which was nominated for two BAMMIE Awards. Her follow-up album, “Every Time I’m With You,” gained lavish critical praise and led to several European tours. Her third album “You Could Have it All,” released in 2001, attracted national attention and was profiled on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” In 2006, Rose released “Just for a Thrill,” an album that balanced simmering romance with bluesy sass. “Wild Women of Song” was released in 2009 and has received acclaim from critics internationally.

Wild Women of Song: Great Gal Composers of the Jazz Era

Yoshi’s Jazz Club in Oakland
Tuesday, November 9

Tickets $16 or 510-238-9200.

Kuumbwa Jazz
Thursday, November 11

Tickets $12 (advance), $15 (door) and $24.60 (dinner and concert package)

Monica Turner
Contributor to Stark Insider for tech, the arts and All Things West Coast for over 10 years.