[Bandleader & Vocalist]
"How can a woman with this many years in middle management sound so warm and personable, and even a bit like Lena Horne? . . . Go! doesn't know, but she's got it."
– Amy Graves, Boston Globe, Arts & Nightlife, Go! column, December 31, 2004
"Ms. Adams brings to the stage a level of excitement, which she gives to her audiences freely and unselfishly. Her band members are versatile and extraordinary players, who have performed with many of the jazz legends. Patricia's personable demeanor is a part of her show. She goes into her own zone and feels the groove of each instrument and pours it all out in song.”
– Barbara Jonson, Unity First - Direct
Patricia Adams, bandleader and vocalist, shuttles her renditions of standards from renaissance Harlem and Tin Pan Alley between Manhattan, Westchester, Hartford and Boston.
You can find her quartet at Ryles Jazz Club, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm singin' and swingin' to standing room only crowds, the first Sunday of each month, .
Stepping onto a nightclub stage for the first time in 1992 at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston, Adams segued to designated show opener there for the Frank Wilkins Vocal Showcase until 1996. Many open mics and pro bono gigs later, she took the plunge and traded her thirty-five year career in human resources management for life as a full time artist. Marketing press kits and phone calls, her venues now attract those who enjoy the jazz and blues standards of the 1930's and '40's. Her mailing list has grown from family and friends to thousands. She plays with some of the world's renowned jazz artists, including Ray Santisi, Marshall Wood, Bob Moses, Joe Hunt, Bill Wurtzel, John Repucci, Frank Wilkins, Fred Hunter, Ross Schneider, Joe Lovano and the late Jimmy Hill, so far.
In addition to clubs, restaurants, museums, libraries and other public venues, Adams plays to the continuing demand of a growing 'seniors' market. Her one-woman-shows, singing live to jazz and blues soundtracks make the rounds of area residences for seniors.
Adams brings her 35 years corporate experience to Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA with her business jazz jam for the entrepreneurial musician, Bandleader Toolkit© a collaboration with her music director, Berklee Professor Ray Santisi. This two-hour workshop explores the nuts and bolts of prospecting, booking and managing gigs and venues.
Earning BS and MBA degrees in the 1960's, Adams studied music theory, harmony, and improvisation at the New England Conservatory in Boston and at the Performing Arts School of Worcester in the 1990's. She has studied with Semenya McCord, Dominique Eade and Frank Wilkins in Boston and with Jim Carson, Jeannie Lovetri of Voice Workshop, Sheila Jordan and Kirk Nurock in Manhattan. Read Adams' Tales From The Practice Room, Jazz Times Magazine 2005/2006 Education Guide, Page 60.
Discography includes First Sundays (2008), Live @ Ryles Jazz Club (2005), With Our Compliments ! (2004), Out Of This World (2001) which placed in four categories on the 2001 Grammy Awards ballot, Blue For You (1998), and Raw Silk (1996). Her recordings are available through North Country Distributors in Redwood, NY and on-line through cdBaby.com and Amazon.com. Singles may be downloaded from AppleiTunes.com, Rhapsody.com and listened to on Napster.com and MusicNet.com, to name a fewof her 50 + digital distributors.
Adams is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences and served on the board of the New England Conservatory. She is listed in jazz reviewer, Scott Yanow's "The Jazz Singers". EMAIL: email@example.com