Live from New York, it’s Pamela Jones!
Singer, songwriter and performer Pamela Jones grew up listening to jazz. And then she went on to study drama. She combines the two now in a great floor show that listeners will get to hear (and see) Jan. 22 at White Horse Black Mountain.
“My parents had great taste,” Jones, who now lives in Asheville, said, “and I was exposed to Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday at a young age. And I loved it.” She started performing at a young age, doing local theater, dance and choral performances. Before graduating high school, she toured New England and Europe with an a cappella choir, singing classical music in venues such as Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and Carnegie Hall in New York City. She went on to study at The Boston Conservatory and Circle in The Square Theater school in NYC.
It was in New York that Jones started writing her own music and becoming more of a solo artist. She began to branch out, singing back-up vocals for various musicians and writing/performing songs for comedy shows.
She sang a few spots for sketches on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” and Amy Poehler’s web series “Smart Girls.”
“It was only in the past few years that I began singing in a jazz setting,” she said, “and I would not necessarily call myself a jazz musician.. My approach comes from more of a theater background. The standards that I sing are older, written by some of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, and they tell amazing stories.
“My job is to bring those stories to life as beautifully as possible. I sing with excellent, well-trained jazz musicians (pianist Alex Taub and bassist Daniel Ianucci) who have deep understanding of these songs and where they come from. I think there is an underlying humanity in them that everyone can relate too. I want to help us all connect on that level and to honor these small pieces of history.”
In 2010, Jones released her first solo record, “Brightest Minds.” Recorded in a small Brooklyn studio during a particularly hot summer, it is a blend of indie pop and folk songs.
After the release, Jones moved from New York to Asheville to focus on her music. Since living in Asheville, she has been performing with various jazz bands in town, singing backups for the bands stephaniesid and The Broadcast.
Jazzer come lately
Who: Pamela Jones
When: 8 p.m. Jan. 22
Where: White Horse Black Mountain