Herbst Theatre, SF

Published: October 11th, 2009 | Category: Jazz, Music, News, Singing

Paula West

Ms. West is such an amazing performer, she opened last night for the SF Jazz Festival at the Herbst Theatre, accompanied by The George Mesterhazy Quartet. When music really comes together it is a  magical moment for the musicians as well as the audience. This is what happened last night. I strive to be more like Paula onstage, relaxed, present and totally grounded. I suppose  most of this comes from years and years of performance all around the US and abroad but also from the fact that she knows her music, not so much the words, but the musical notes and where to take them.  I notices several times she had the words to her songs on her music stand, which I have never seen her do before. However, this in no way made one bit of difference in her performance.

Just a wonderful night – magical.

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