Paula West has been filling jazz clubs from New York to San Francisco, but her repertoire includes more than jazz.
"I couldn't imagine limiting myself to what is the traditional songbook," West told San Francisco Chronicle jazz writer Lee Hildebrand earlier this year.
Her latest album, Live at Jazz Standard, features her soulfully original jazz interpretations of composers from Cole Porter to Bob Dylan, leading JazzTimesto call her
quite simply, the finest jazz-cabaret singer around. All of her albums deserve pride of place in any discerning listener’s library.
That there have only been four, in a recording career that spans a decade and a half, is indicative of how shockingly undervalued she is, as is the fact that she has never been signed to a major label.” (Christopher Loudon)
West’s Oct. 14 concert at Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville gives Napa Valley music lovers a chance to hear why she has been selling out multiple-night engagements at clubs like the Rrazzz Room in San Francisco and the Oak Room at New York's Algonquin Hotel.
The concert starts at 4 p.m., but ticketholders are invited to come early for a complimentary Mondavi wine, cheese and charcuterie reception before the show. Wine will also be sold by the glass during the performance
Pianist Adam Shulman, bassist John Wittala and drummer Darrell Green are backing West up at the Mondavi show.
Tickets are $20 for Napa Valley Jazz Society members, $40 for the general public and include the pre-show reception.
Order tickets and find membership information at www.nvjs.org or (707) 224-5299 (JAZZ).