Pamela Wise

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Born: January 8, 1956    Primary Instrument: Keyboard

Pamela Wise began composing music and playing the piano by ear at the age of 5. Her father Robert C. Wise who was a bassist decided to start her on piano lessons when she was nine. After studying the piano basics, Pamela began playing for her church choir which was directed by her father. While in high school, Pamela formed her own R&B group called the Ohio Movement which performed throughout the Midwest and East Coast. After 8 years with the Ohio Movement, Pamela decided to leave the band. “I always wanted to be a jazz composer and pianist, it was definitely in my blood after growing up listening to it.” When her brother Craig finished college and moved to Cleveland, Ohio, in 1978 he encouraged Pamela to move with him and she did. While in Cleveland, Pamela attended Cuyahoga Community College and further studied music. “Shortly after Craig received an employment opportunity from a prominent bank in Detroit, MI and we moved to Detroit in December 1979. I worked with several R&B groups in the Detroit area, but I still wanted to play jazz.”...
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Arts Serve Michigan-composing 1995, 1997

“Wise, an assured bop pianist with a Tyneresque (as in McCoy Tyner) touch, composes strong melodies and braces them with the simmering rhythms of the Afro-Cuban tradition.” Dan Ouellette-Downbeat Magazine

“Far from Havana, the Latin jazz movement has taken root in such unlikely places as Detroit, where pianist/composer Pamela Wise displays a thorough understanding of the idiom on SONGO FESTIVIDAD. With special guest Jerry Gonzalez on congas and Wendell Harrison, Detroit’s resident jazz guru on clarinet, Wise has fashioned a hybrid that capitalizes on authentically performed Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms while allowing Harrison and other soloists to flex their avant-garde oriented improvisational style. The inclusion of Gonzalez was a good choice: his trumpet work on the Wise composition HASTA MANANA is one of the albums’ high points, and makes the album worth seeking out.” Mark Holston - JAZZIZ Magazine

“Pamela Wise’s SONGO FESTIVIDAD is a perfect example of the current trends in Latin jazz. She has written some innovative songs that draw from the influence of Tito Rodriguez and Machito, while the playing of all concerned has the energy of the Fania All Stars.” Leonard J. Bukowski-Cadance Magazine

Leader; Pamela Wise Title; Songo Festividad Record Label; WenHa WCD210 Year released; 1994 Tracks; Familia Se Reunion -Pamela Wise, Samba La Pamela-Pamela Wise, Por Mi Hermano - Pamela Wise, I Didn't Know What Time It Was-Rogers & Hart, Reminiscing-R. Shoo Bee Do Fields, Hasta Manana-Pamela Wise, Songo Festividad-Pamela Wise, Fly By Night-Pamela Wise, Pamela's Holiday-Wendell Harrison Personnel: Pamela Wise-piano, Jerry Gonzalez-congas, timbales, flugle horn, Wendell Harrison-clarinet, tenor saxophone, Rayse Biggs-trumpet, Bad Felt- baritone, tuba, Andrew Daniels-timables, congas, bongos, chekeres, Kamal Amen Ra-congas, timbales, bell tree, Gerald Cleaver-drums, timables, Lawrence Williams-drums, Jaribu Shahid-bass, Valencia Edner-vocals
Leader; Pamela Wise Title; Negre Con Leche Record Label; WenHa WCD270 Year released; 2001 Tracks; Negre Con Leche Part II (The Bomba) - Pamela Wise, It's Gonna Be One Long Night-Pamela Wise, Grande Siesta Parts I & II-Pamela Wise, Peace- Horace Silver (arrangement by Wendell Harrison), Danis' Bounce-Pamela Wise, Khalil's Promise-Pamela Wise, Wise Tells-Carlos McKinney, Love Vibrations- Horace Silver (arrangement by Wendell Harrison), A Wise Mambo-Pamela Wise Personnel: Pamela Wise-piano, Damon Warmack-bass, Lawrence Newson- drums, Greg Patrick-drums, Mahindi Masai-perussion, Juma Santos- percussion, Wendell Harrison-tenor sax, Edward Gooch-trombone, Rayse Biggs, Dwight Adams and Walter White-trumpet, Naima Shamborguer-vocals, Larry Smith-alto sax, Jaribu Shahid-bass, Mubarak Hakim, Akunda Hollis, Andrew Daniels and Roberto Warren-percussion, Alex Harding-baritone sax, Alex Brooks and Lawrence Williams-drums
Leader; Pamela Wise Title; Pamela's Club Record Label; WenHa WCD 300 Year released; 2006 Tracks; Idlewild-Pamela Wise, Mystic Voyage-Roy Ayers, Settle For My Love- Patrice Rushen, Sara Lynn Shereel Brown and Douglas Fred Washington, Pamela's Club-Pamela Wise and Naima Shamborguer, The Gladiator-Pamela Wise, Keep Dancing-Wendell Harrison and Sienna McKinney and Ilana Weaver, Turn Around-Wendell Harrison, Stay-Chaka Khan and Richard Calhoun, The Time Has Come-Pamela Wise Personnel: Pamela Wise-piano, Damon Warmack-bass, Lawrence Newson- drums, Greg Patrick (Djallo Djkete)-drums, Wendell Harrison-tenor sax and drum programming, Mildrea Smith-vocals, Naima Shamborguer-vocals, Illana Weaver-rap, Yancyy-soprano sax, Althea Rene-flute As A Side Musician
Title; Fly By Night Artist; Wendell Harrison Label; WenHa WCD170 Year Released; 1990 Tracks: Spank-Wendell Harrison, Tons & Tons of BS -Wendell Harrison, In Your Own Sweet Way-Dave Brubeck, Fly By Night-Pamela Wise, Bye Bye Black Byrd-Henderson/Dickerson, Just One Of Those Things-Cole Porter, Merciful- Wendell Harrison, Changing The Scene-Wendell Harrison
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