In a sea of talented vocalists on the Twin Cities Jazz Scene, Paula Lammers is a distinctive artist, “a solid soprano voice who shares each song’s story with heartfelt conviction, clear diction and a sweet (but not too-sweet) tone, swing where it needs to swing, energy where it needs to pop, wistful musing or upbeat sunshine as the story merits (Andrea Canter, Jazz Police.com). A native of St. Peter, MN, Paula recalls her first public performance of “Go Tell Aunt Rhody” at age four and wearing out the needles on her parents’ record player listening to Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, the Serendipity Singers and the Ray Coniff Singers. And although her family moved several times, “music always anchored me into a new community, through choir and church.” She majored in music at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, then continued her studies at the University of Minnesota where she earned a Master of Music in Vocal Performance.
Read more articles
Deep Purple Dreams (2011)
I keep coming back to this one on the iPod – a second release for Paula Lammers, whose last outing was more than five years ago. I liked it then, promising that I’d look forward to the next release.
And here it is. It’s been too long.
It’s a change of pace, because while Ms. Lammers continues to develop a fine sense of swing, and a bell-clear tone, she’s never far away from her classical/opera training. So it’s easy to make a comparison to some of the pop music performances by soprano Renée Fleming; but frankly, I think Ms. Lammers has the upper hand in that swing thing, helped along by Mary Louise Knutson on piano, Vincent Rose on guitar, Billy Peterson and Chris Bates on bass, and Jay Epstein on drums.
Warm and lilting, Ms
Apple Valley, MN
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced students