“Her voice is one that conveys tenderness and acute awareness to melody, harmony, and the essence of each song. She lures you into the tune gently and convincing. I was oblivious to the hustle and bustle of the surrounding crowd as Patrisha Thomson gave a wonderful gift of standards, ballads, and original pieces to an attentive crowd.”
~~ Reviewed by Kim Vinson for Los Angeles’ BrooWaHa newspaper.
At the age of twelve, Patrisha heard Count Basie’s One O’ Clock Jump pouring out from a music store. “In that moment I knew this sound was me, and I would write songs expressing the same joy, but with contemporary lyrics.”
Classic jazz singers such as Billie Holiday, Anita O’Day, and Sarah Vaughan have influenced her music, along with contemporaries Ann Hampton Callaway and Dianne Reeves. Listeners will also hear a touch of musical theater in her voice. Her childhood favorites are West Side Story, Ain’t Misbehavin’, and Porgy & Bess.
Patrisha Thomson performs regularly with Arranger/Pianist, Steve Rawlins. Since 2006, their Jazz Brunch home has been at Café Laurent in Culver City, CA.
Rawlins wears several hats on her debut CD, That Old Feeling. She has been honored to choose three other equally seasoned musicians for this album: Paul Morin on bass, Gordon Peeke on drums, and soloist Tom Peterson, doubling on flute and sax. These performers have extensive credits, having arranged and/or performed with many prominent vocalists such as Steve March-Tormé, Bette Midler, Chaka Kahn, Natalie Cole, and the big bands of Woody Herman and Benny Goodman, including Tom’s 17 years with Doc Severinsen’s NBC Tonight Show Orchestra.
Patrisha has had a career in the arts and is an accomplished artist, photographer, and teacher.
Her album is dedicated to her late father, John A. Thomson, and to the time they spent working together in the decade prior to his passing in November of 2011 at the age of 100 years.