Looking for some Fourth of July fireworks BEFORE the holiday? Hah! We have them: from Paula Atherton! Saxophonist, flutist, singer, composer and bandleader - this powerhouse has accomplished QUITE a bit in her career. And one of the most notable feats is one of the most recent. Paula was signed to Kalimba, the label that is getting so much buzz in the industry because it's Maurice White's label :) Hey, if the founding father of Earth, Wind and Fire thinks you're special? You ARE!
"Ear Candy" is Paula's fourth album - and it features friends in the business that help to make this project pop and sizzle. Just LIKE fireworks! Fellow Jazz in Pink musicians Cindy Bradley and Gail Jhonson share the spotlight. So does Nick Colionne. And the selection of songs clearly demonstrate our guest's love for the "eclectic" (her word in an interview that might as well be synonymous with HYBRID!)
Paula had some strong inspirations when she was growing up - laying the foundation for her penchant for eclecticism :-D Her Mom played Nat King Cole. Daughter wanted a piano but put her dream of an instrument on hold until fourth grade - when she found a flute at school. When she heard Lambert, Hendricks and Ross - then, Charlie Parker and Bill Evans - she was hooked. She studied the phrasing of Billie Holiday and the playing of Lester Young - she had picked up a sax in her teens. Then, she had the blessing of teachers Lee Konitz and Bob Mintzer. What kind of talent has she displayed through the years? Let's put it to you this way: you don't get to play with the great Hank Jones if you're only mediocre! Paula did just that - played with Hank before his passing in 2010.
Let's celebrate the Fourth with a star enjoying true success in contemporary Jazz: Paula Atherton!
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