Paula Harris & the Speakeasy Project
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Paula Harris & the Speakeasy Project

San Jose, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | SELF

San Jose, California, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2016
Band Jazz Blues

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Music

The best kept secret in music

Press


"Blues in Greece"

"Lou Rawls called her a vanilla coating on s chocolate soul"

"William Bell ( A principal architect of the stax/volt sound and W.C. Handy Award recipient says) "Paula has one of the finest voices in modern blues and her phrasing is impeccable"

WIlliam Shatner (of Star Trek fame) could only say "My GOD! What a voice!" - blues.gr


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Still working on that hot first release.

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Bio

Paula had very specific goals with this act. She wanted a sound that would be considered “Jazz for the Masses”... Meaning it had to be listener-friendly, as well as complex and sophisticated enough to please jazz aficionados, yet passionate enough to be appealing to her blues and soul fans. She wanted a trio with the energy and impact of her larger bands and  a bass player who could be as funky on an upright as an electric, and who could swing like a big band ace. Paula auditioned 27 musicians before she hit on the magic combination. As a true fusion of Jazz, Blues, and Soul from traditional to modern styles, their sound IS hard to describe. With inventive unique arrangements and an outside-the-box approach to music, Paula’s “BeatTramps” sound has a mainstream appeal to fans of all three genres 


Paula mixes classic jump and swing rhythms with the funky grooves found in smooth jazz and soul, then  she throws in a heaping dose of traditional heartfelt blues forms and themes. Very evident is Paula’s love for tongue-in-cheek provocative lyrics garnered from influences such as Dinah Washington and Helen Humes. When she elects to use it, her smoky contralto and love of melodies with difficult intervals is frequently compared to chief influences Etta James and Phyllis Hyman. She is also frequenty compared to Sarah Vaughan in the press descriptions due to her range, her classical background, and impressive breath control. This sets her apart from run-of-the-mill blues singers without sacrificing any of the fervor associated with the genre.


Their goal is to take an “Americana meets Monk” down-to-earth approach to music that is not targeted at a micro-segment of jazz, blues, or soul. Rather they put together an appealing blend of all three that appeals to a very mainstream audience.  In addition to their originals, They also use some of the biggest hits from multiple genres to illustrate how jazz and blues form the basis for all modern music. Her inventive “Great American Songbook- the Modern Era” is a crowd-pleasing romp through America’s finest compositions.


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