This Won’t Hurt a Bit: Jazz Vocalist Pam

Contact: Pamela Joy
Phone: 415-922-3437

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San Francisco, October 28, 2013

This Won’t Hurt a Bit:
Jazz Vocalist Pamela Joy Has Mastered the Art of Soft Seduction

Any emerging vocalist is bound to draw comparisons to famous singers, so let’s just get that out of the way right now, shall we? Pamela Joy inevitably brings to mind the old-school vocalists: the graceful simplicity of Astrud Gilberto and Chet Baker; the honeyed sensuality of Julie London and Peggy Lee; the adventurous rhythmic flights of Anita O’Day.

Put simply, hers is a voice made for jazz. The sound is warm and intimate; the style, cool and unpretentious; the result, eminently listenable.

Praised for her laid-back phrasing, her innate ability to swing with the best of ‘em, and her droll wit, Joy has built a reputation on delivering effortless renditions of jazz standards interspersed with wry commentary. On stage, she displays a rare natural gift for breaking down the “fourth wall that separates the performer from the audience. (Venue owners love this.)

A longtime San Francisco resident, Pamela Joy was a surprised finalist in both the San Francisco Cabaret Competition and the San Francisco Invitational Musicians Showcase. She was also featured in the Emerging Artists concert series at Berkeley’s Jazzschool.

Pamela has performed on San Francisco’s most coveted stages, including the storied Plush Room, the 900-seat Herbst Theatre, Jazz at Pearl’s, The Rrazz Room and the Fillmore Jazz Festival. Her CD I Thought About You, dubbed “a very fine debut album by KCSM’s Jesse “Chuy Varela, has been rereleased in Japan, and her recordings have been included on five jazz compilations alongside tracks from the likes of Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan and Frank Sinatra.

Pamela recently played Oakland’s Sound Room with Grammy-nominated pianist John R. Burr, and in January will premiere a new show in San Francisco’s newest music venue—Society Cabaret—backed by the incomparable Mike Greensill, who wrote the book on how to accompany singers. (Seriously. It’s called Playing for Singers: Art of Accompaniment for the Jazz Piano Player.)

And finally, no press release is complete without a couple of quotes:

The seductive warmth of her voice, her elegant phrasing, creative arrangements, and thoughtful musicianship will intoxicate any lover of good singing and jazz. — Cabaret Exchange

“When Joy took the stage and launched into Cole Porter’s “It was Just One of Those Things, sparks flew. Her voice puts out so much warmth that one can hardly imagine it being sung better. All in all, her set was quite triumphant. —Lee Hartgrave, BeyondChron