Pamela Hart

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

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Pamela Hart is highly regarded as Austin, Texas’ finest jazz vocalist.  Noted by Austin Woman Magazine as “Austin’s First Lady of Jazz,” audiences rave about Pamela’s excellent pitch, clarity and soothing vocal quality.  “Her warm, clear tones and meticulously controlled pitch carry an illusion of effortlessness”–Tribeza Magazine. Her sultry rendition of classic jazz standards and contemporary music wins immediate acceptance by any audience.  Born in Los Angeles, California, Pamela moved to Austin, Texas in 1982.

Throughout her singing career, Pamela has opened shows for, and shared stages with, many popular artists including the late David ‘Fathead’ Newman, Kirk Whalum, Dianne Reeves, Rachelle Ferrell, Patrice Rushen, Teri Lyn Carrington, and Miss Nancy Wilson [a dream came true for Pamela acting her opening performance, Nancy Wilson, impromptu, invited Pamela on stage to sing a few duets]. 

Pamela’s appreciation for the great masters of jazz is apparent in her intonation, grace and style.  She attributes much of her learning to Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Nancy Wilson, and always has the audience raving and lifting ovations after her performances. 

In addition to regular appearances at Austin clubs, restaurants, live music broadcasts, weddings, banquets/parties and festivals, Pamela and her husband Kevin Hart have produced (and she has performed in) the semi-annual Women in Jazz Concert Series—the greatest events for female jazz musicians in Texas—1994 through 2009. The series also includes a Vocal Performance Workshop. 

Pamela is very versatile singing within multiple genres: Jazz, R&B, and Gospel.  Not only does she sing songs in English she also sings a few of them in Spanish… most noted is her rendition of “Angelitos Negros”. 

She was recently featured in the Sax, Strings & Scats Women in Jazz Concert Series in June 2009, in which she stunned the audience with a west coast flavor of songs covering the likes of Chakka Kahn and Phyllis Hyman. 

In January 2009, she was filmed in the KLRU-TV “In Contact” TV Show on PBS TV. In 2005-2008, Pamela became a usual IAJE attendee, and made waves performing with the IAJE African American Jazz Caucus Band in New York NY, Long Beach CA, and Toronto Canada. Much earlier in her career, Pamela completed a European jazz festival tour, including the Montreaux, Vienne and Juan des Pins Jazz festivals, with the Texas State University Jazz Band, directed by the legendary Dr. James Polk. 

Pamela’s debut CD, May I Come In? released under the HartBeat Productions label has been reviewed since June 1999 JAZZIZ Magazine to date by prominent critics in the industry including Austin Woman Magazine, Enjoy Life Magazine Article, Jazz Review Article, Artist First World Radio and more.  She is currently writing songs and recording her next CD.  The year 2011 is planned to be a banner year for this amazing Lady of Jazz!

You can learn more about Pamela by visiting her website at www.PamelaHart.com.

Featured song from Pamela’s CD, May I Come In?

May I Come In?