Live at Ryles Jazz Club 1
Patricia Adams, bandleader and vocalist, shuttles her renditions of standards from renaissance Harlem and Tin Pan Alley between Manhattan, Westchester, Hartford and Boston. The first Sunday of every month, you can find her quartet at Ryles Jazz Club, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm singin' and swingin' to standing room only crowds. Reviewers say, " . . a substitute gig at Ryles 8/5 turned out to be quite a highlight in August. In a town having more than it's share of superb bass players John Repucci may be the most underrated. Not by musicians, of course. They know just how good he is. In fact of all the bassists I see somewhat frequently, John reminds me most of my all-time favorite, George Duvivier. Just try to come up with a note that's closer to perfection than the one he just chose on the gig. And if that wasn't enough, John was operating in a trio setting with Ray Santisi and Bob Moses, both performing up their substantial reputations. Was there a better straight-ahead piano trio gig anywhere else in or outside Boston on 8/5? I don't see how it would be possible. And when they weren't working in a triangle, they were backing up Patricia Adams who was telling stories to a very attentive audience. Oh if all audiences could be that good at the usually noisy club. But maybe they heard what I heard, a vocalist who has developed a rep and who keeps getting better anyway. Vocalist Fulani Haynes guested to good effect. A special evening . . . " CADENCE Magazine, October 2006 '10/1 brunch at Ryles . . . It is like throwing a certain rabbit into a briar patch when Joe Hunt meets up with Greg Loughman and Ray Santisi. Greg knows where one is, so Joe has the space to reveal all the interior material that most drummers miss. And then there's Ray, perhaps buoyed by the happy connection between bass and drums, dancing even more beautifully than usual (yes, it is possible). No wonder Patricia Adams sounded so upbeat throughout the last two sets that I caught. She had plenty to be happy about, not the least of which is the fact that more and more listeners are showing up. It's food for the ears.' Stu Vandermark, CADENCE Magazine, December 2006 'STANDARD ISSUE This ficklest of holiday weekends can go one of two ways, leaving us with either a blockbuster hangover or a Blockbuster free DVD rental. But we can always count on Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, and the Duke, among others. Of course, we mean jazz standards, which Patricia Adams sings as if she's been entertaining audiences all her life. In fact, she didn't get started until 1992, when she took the Scullers stage for a few minutes, got hooked, and left a 35-year career in human resources. 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 . . . ., so we predict a knockout of a show.'Amy Graves, Weekend Arts. Go! The Boston Globe 'An old school recording, where you could hear Joey and Pete discussing their business while Rebecca and Tom were cooing in the corner, Henry the bartender swapping a joke with a couple regulars at the bar.....and I think we've got a modern version of that. It's brunch, and more exciting, it's New Years Day brunch. Hang-overs and the excitement of a new year. What could be better!!!!! Imagine the liner notes alone, what inspirational concepts there could be!!!!!' Nick Joyce, Producer '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 Adams also 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. 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. Two years, a hundred open mics and many nursing homes later, she took the plunge and traded her thirty-five year career in human resources management for life as a full time artist. Her venues now attract those who enjoy the jazz and blues standards of the 1930's and '40's. Her following has grown from family and friends to thousands. In addition to club dates, 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. 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. Adams' discography includes 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, Animazing Gallery, Hastings on Hudson, 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 couple of her 40 + 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. FRANK WILKINS [Piano], jazzmatician and consummate music director and pianist among national and international venues and with vocalists, is also a multimedia producer/director, music composer, arranger and experienced private instructor. Recognition and awards include The Artists' Foundation, Boston, Composition Fellowship, Berklee College Of Music and The Hank Jones Jazz Masters Award. Playing virtually every major jazz and blues venue in Boston and throughout New England, Wilkins has accompanied Angela Bofill, Tiger Okoshi, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kevin Eubanks, Archie Shepp and Rebecca Parris, to name a few. 'Mr. Wilkins' gorgeous playing on Misty literally leaves the crowd gasping!' states Eric Jackson, WGBH-FM. Wilkins is a popular recording artist with numerous discography credits. Wilkins and Adams have performed together since June 1992 when she became the designated show opener for his weekly vocal showcase at Scullers Jazz Club. He also plays piano on her '96 release, Raw Silk. EMAIL: WeJazzUp@yahoo.com MARSHALL WOOD [bass], Born in Omaha, Nebraska and raised in Washington, D.C., Marshall moved to New England in 1979, where he quickly became one of the most sought after bassists in the area. His reputation as a swinging and sensitive musician landed him recording dates with Anita O'Day, Monty Alexander, Tommy Flanagan, Dave McKenna, Ruby Braff, Scott Hamilton, and Gray Sargent. He has also performed in top jazz festivals in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and South America, and has toured with Tony Bennett BOB MOSES Drummer, Composer, artist, poet, visionary, nature mystic, Moses' life is a continuous quest for vision, spirit, compassion, growth and mastery in a multiplicity of art forms. 'A fine drummer, Bob Moses has received his strongest recognition as a colorful and adventurous arranger/composer for large ensembles. He played as a teenager with Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1964-1965), formed the early fusion group Free Spirits with Larry Coryell (1966), and toured with Gary Burton's quartet (1967-1969). Moses collaborated with Dave Liebman in the trio Open Sky, recorded with Gary Burton in the mid-'70s, and worked with Jack DeJohnette's Compost, Pat Metheny (recording Bright Size Life), Mike Gibbs, Hal Galper, Gil Goldstein, Steve Swallow, the Steve Kuhn/Sheila Jordan group (1979-1982), George Gruntz's Concert Jazz Band, and Emily Remler (1983-1984). He recorded as a composer for his own Mozown label in 1975, but Moses' reputation as a writer rests primarily with his Gramavision releases, especially When Elephants Dream of Music (1982), Visit With the Great Spirit (1983), and 1994's Time Stood Still. Nishoma was issued in fall 2000.' ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide.