Jazz Song Stylist Paulette McWilliams in Rare NY Appearance
(Published: November 19, 2012)
"Paulette McWilliams is a great Jazz singer! ... Her spontaneity, tone, interpretation and her style is beautifully brilliant...I love listening to my sister's voice!"
Paulette McWilliams Performs Telling Stories at Aaron Davis Hall
Friday, December 14 at 7PM & 9PM
Jazz Diva sensation Paulette McWilliams has recorded and toured with some of the world's greatest musical artists, such as: Quincy Jones, Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, among others, and in commercials as a jingle specialist. Now, she is sharing her dynamic voice and solo work in two musical concerts, Telling Stories (also the name of her critically-acclaimed album) with The Nat Adderly Jr. Quartet on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 7PM and at 9PM at Aaron Davis Hall, City College of New York
"Jazz has always been my genre of choice since I was a little girl listening to my mother singing Jazz and Blues. I've been a Jazz singer all of my life. I have sung backup R&B, Pop, Rock, and so many other genres; but during Luther Vandross's sound checks, when everyone else was singing the most popular songs, I would always sing Jazz standards," states McWilliams. "I am so looking forward to singing Jazz in New York City at Aaron Davis Hall! Performing in such a beautiful intimate setting will be a homecoming, as I have spent many years in New York. It'll be comparable to singing in my living room for all of the people I love. Which is what I always did as a young girl, so I feel it's a full circle moment for me.
Telling Stories will be a glorious musical night for those who especially love Jazz. McWilliams will be joined by The Nat Adderley Jr. Quartet for the two shows, and will also sing songs from her album Telling Stories, which Jazz artist Michael Buble says is "Absolutely beautiful!" Speaking about her recent release, McWilliams states, "Telling Stories is such an important album for me. It is my first full recorded foray into Jazz and I am very proud of it. Jazz has always been special for me and I believe every song I've sung on, and every artist I've worked with, led me to Telling Stories."
Regarding the album title, McWilliams explains, "I love painting a vocal picture with my words and phrasing. I sing to interpret. I sing from my heart. I want my audiences to hear what I am feeling. Telling Stories turned me from the singer who almost was to the singer that is."
Paulette McWilliams "Telling Stories"
Friday December 14
Show 1: 7PM Showtime
Show 2: 9PM Showtime
Aaron Davis Hall
Convent Avenue & West 135th Street
On the campus of City College of New York
New York, NY 10031