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Bob DeSena Latin band at Jazz at the Mansion 420 Friendly Party

Bob DeSena Latin band at Jazz at the Mansion 420 Friendly Party

By | February 15, 2017 at 2:55 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell Bob DeSena is not only one of my favorite musicians but he's also a dear friend. We met on Facebook and I had him at our Celebrity Jam Latin Night last February and at every Celebrity Jam since then. He is a multi-talented composer, vibes, trumpet, and...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns, Week 02/16 - 02/22 2017

Amsterdam Connection at Jazz at the Mansion, 420 Friendly Party

Amsterdam Connection at Jazz at the Mansion, 420 Friendly Party

By | February 8, 2017 at 6:32 pm | No comments

By Patte Purcell I interviewed this talented couple this morning at their home in Amsterdam over FB Messenger on my phone while they were making dinner. Naomi Adriaansz (tenor saxophone) and Tim Welvaars a jazz harmonica player are Amsterdam Connection. Their new CD (second...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns, Week 02/09 - 02/15 2017

Jazz at the Mansion A 420 Friendly Party

Jazz at the Mansion A 420 Friendly Party

By | February 1, 2017 at 2:45 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell What a buzz! Jazz at the Mansion delivered the first phenomenal 420 party of the year at a stunning contemporary mansion in Palm Springs. Presented by Atomic Budz/NestEggg we hosted a beautifully diverse crowd of desert goers. The guests lounged, viewed,...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns, Week 02/02 - 02/08 2017

Kelly McDaniel to perform at “Jazz at the Mansion”

Kelly McDaniel to perform at “Jazz at the Mansion”

By | January 25, 2017 at 8:50 pm | No comments

By Patte Purcell We went to see Keisha D perform at Wang’s when she sat in with Kevin Miller for Laurie Abramson's birthday party. To my delight I discovered a songstress that sings show tunes including some of my favorites by Barbra Streisand. Her name is Kelly McDaniel. I...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns, Week 01/26 - 02/01 2017

CELEBRITY JAM At Outdoor Resorts Palm Springs

CELEBRITY JAM At Outdoor Resorts Palm Springs

By | January 18, 2017 at 12:45 pm | No comments

By Patte Purcell Every time we do a jam they get better and better. Last night at Outdoor Resorts Palm Springs, the two hour show featuring 15 amazing musicians, entertainers and recording artists continued the upward trend. The evening started off with some solo acoustic...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns, Week 01/19 - 01/25 2017

Michael Paulo

Michael Paulo

By | January 11, 2017 at 11:40 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell I had a great interview with one of the most successful jazz promoters/musicians in the desert and also one of the nicest, Michael Paulo (and boy can he dance). His signature series "Grooves at the Westin" is starting again with a powerhouse lineup. I bought...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns, Week 01/12 - 01/18 2017

Alex Santana

Alex Santana

By | January 4, 2017 at 12:08 pm | No comments

By Patte Purcell What's in a name? When it has the iconic sound of Santana it certainly peaks the interest. The charming and polite young man first messaged me on Facebook about playing in one of the Celebrity Jams. I have been following his career and wanted to interview him...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns, Feature Stories, Week 01/05 - 01/11 2017

Jazz at the Mansion

Jazz at the Mansion

By | December 28, 2016 at 9:10 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell The New Year is upon us and with it a new season of events here in the desert. In 2017 I plan to do a series of private jazz parties that are 420 friendly.  Although we have a wonderful selection of big jazz events here in the desert, I enjoy a smaller...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns, Feature Stories, Week 12/29 2016 - 01/04 2017

Ronnie King

Ronnie King

By | December 22, 2016 at 1:05 pm | No comments

By Patte Purcell Producer Ronnie King is one of the desert's legends. He is the founder of Ronnie King Music. A native son, his family's musical roots are well known. He is an iconic multi-platinum producer of hits for Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Offspring, and more.  He also...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns, Week 12/22 - 12/28 2016

Land Richards

Land Richards

By | December 14, 2016 at 10:10 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell What do Cab Calloway, Herb Jeffries, Trini Lopez, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Boney James, Kirk Whalum, Norman Brown, Bobby Caldwell, Al Jarreau, George Benson, Natalie Cole, Michael Bolton, Stevie Nicks, Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations,...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns, Week 12/15 - 12/21 2016

Will Donato

Will Donato

By | December 7, 2016 at 10:36 pm | No comments

By Patte Purcell Will Donato won 'Best Instrumental Jazz Artist' at the Coachella Valley Music Awards last May. He is one of the nicest and most talented people I have ever met. We had a great phone conversation last week about what he's been up to. I would like to start with...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns, Consider This

Where to Hear Jazz in the Desert

Where to Hear Jazz in the Desert

By | November 30, 2016 at 4:43 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell I'm often asked where to go in the desert for good jazz so I thought I'd give you a few suggestions. If you're interested in a dynamic show with some dancing check out Will Donato and the Art of Sax. They play every Friday and Saturday night at the Hyatt...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns

Alfie Petit

Alfie Petit

By | November 22, 2016 at 5:50 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell I always do my interviews by phone but I made an exception when it came to Alfie Petit. When he suggested that we meet at his place I had to say yes. We were not disappointed. We drove through the neighborhood of gorgeous contemporary town homes when we...

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What’s Up with John Stanley King?

What’s Up with John Stanley King?

By | November 16, 2016 at 10:30 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell One of the coolest dudes in the desert is John Stanley King and the big news is he is finally, finally coming out with another CD. This will be a mix of his originals and some remakes of classics. He's particularly happy with his version of "I've Got You...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns

Michael D’Angelo

Michael D’Angelo

By | November 9, 2016 at 9:40 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell I've seen Michael D'Angelo perform once and met him numerous times. He's a dashingly handsome man with his beautiful wife and partner Patti.  His show is one of the most popular in the desert. He's not only a vocalist but an entertainer. He came to...

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Khea Emmanuel

Khea Emmanuel

By | November 2, 2016 at 8:54 pm | No comments

By Patte Purcell It is always refreshing to see a young person working in the jazz genre. It is a legacy that must be preserved and continue to grow. One impressive addition to the mix is a beautiful 29 year old vocalist from Canada by the name of Khea Emmanuel. Her sultry...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns, Feature Stories

JC Bentley

JC Bentley

By | October 28, 2016 at 2:14 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell I just finished a 2 & a 1/2 hour interview with a vocalist that I've admired for a long time and asked her to perform in my next Celebrity Jam Session. What I was astounded to discover is that this British songstress is recording and writing with not only...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns, Feature Stories

Andrew Ford

Andrew Ford

By | October 20, 2016 at 9:20 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell Who's that chill bass player? That's Andrew Ford who plays with some of the top acts in the world! He toured with Chaka Khan including a performance at the White House. He toured with Gladys Knight. He toured with David Crosby and Graham Nash. These are just...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns

Paula Atherton, Jazzy Lady

Paula Atherton, Jazzy Lady

By | October 6, 2016 at 11:48 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell You meet the nicest people on Facebook. I was contacted by Paula Atherton, sax player, vocalist and recording artist from a recommendation by Adam Hawley about performing out here. I went online to listen to some of her music which is funky, groovy, Latin,...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns

Backstage Jazz at Woodhaven Country Club

Backstage Jazz at Woodhaven Country Club

By | September 28, 2016 at 10:10 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell The desert needs more venues to host jazz events. One country club is stepping up to the plate to do just that. Woodhaven Country Club located at 41-555 Woodhaven East in Palm Desert is now open to the public for dining and golfing. They are also hosting...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns

Fleet Friend Easton

Fleet Friend Easton

By | September 21, 2016 at 1:15 pm | No comments

By Patte Purcell Who's that entertainer on the stage, screen, TV, radio, behind the camera, in front of the camera, singing with combos, orchestras, and every musical genre from jazz standards to country? One performer stands out, the "Prince of Palm Springs" Fleet Friend...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns

Percussionists Mark Gagliano

Percussionists Mark Gagliano

By | September 15, 2016 at 5:24 pm | No comments

By Patte Purcell Percussion: Musical instruments such as drums, cymbals, or xylophones, that you play by hitting or shaking. I never realized just how important they are in creating a full sound until I saw a video by Steve Oliver where he performed and played guitar with...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns

Peggie Perkins

Peggie Perkins

By | September 8, 2016 at 2:47 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell About 5 years ago I was at the Riviera to see Will Donato and Art of Sax and a vocalist sat in and blew my socks off with an acapella version of "At Last." The vocalist was Peggie Perkins, and I've been wanting to see her perform that song again ever since....

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns, Local Music Spotlight

Keisha D

Keisha D

By | September 1, 2016 at 2:56 pm | No comments

By Patte Purcell The level of talent in the desert continues to amaze me. I heard about Keisha D through Karl Erikson and I asked her to perform in the Celebrity Jazz Jam and I have to admit I was blown away. Her rendition of "Summertime," started acapella and as she told...

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Sergio Villegas, Flamenco Jazz Guitarist

Sergio Villegas, Flamenco Jazz Guitarist

By | August 18, 2016 at 5:56 pm | No comments

By Patte Purcell One of the best parts of doing the Celebrity Jazz Jams is discovering the treasure trove of exceptional musicians we have in the desert. At the Latin Jazz jam we did in February an exceptionally talented flamenco guitarist that played with Joe Baldino caught...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns, Feature Stories

Yve Evans, a Self-Made Success

Yve Evans, a Self-Made Success

By | August 11, 2016 at 8:32 pm | No comments

By Patte Purcell Some jazz artists in the desert are legendary and Yve Evans is one of them. She took a triumphant path when life threw her lemons and turned them into lemonade. She began our interview with a statement "I was born a poor black child," with laughter....so...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns

Gina Care: Stunningly Talented!

Gina Care: Stunningly Talented!

By | July 28, 2016 at 5:20 am | No comments

By Patte Pucell Photo by Scott Pam Photography I've been interviewing artists and writing this column for a while now. I have never interviewed anyone where I repeatedly got goose bumps while doing the interview. It finally happened when I spoke with Gina Carey an...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns, Feature Stories

Frank DiSalvo, A musical Success Story

Frank DiSalvo, A musical Success Story

By | July 22, 2016 at 1:29 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell I was introduced to Frank DiSalvo through Marco Najera (photographer for the Celebrity Jazz Jam) and decided to interview him. I must admit I've never seen his show although I've heard a lot about it. He's such an upbeat and personable guy it's...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns, Feature Stories

BB King Tribute at Shanghai Reds

BB King Tribute at Shanghai Reds

By | June 12, 2016 at 1:47 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell It was a hot night at Shanghai Reds and the blues were even hotter at the BB King Tribute Jam produced by John Carey (Smooth Brothers). The standing room only crowd grooved to the music with a great open by John Carey on guitar with Theo, Les, Bob, and...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns

Slim Man: Best Jazz Vocalist at 2016 CV Music Awards

Slim Man: Best Jazz Vocalist at 2016 CV Music Awards

By | June 3, 2016 at 1:09 am | No comments

By Pate Purcell It's been a couple of years since Slim Man decided to leave the east coast and move out to the desert. This multi-talented singer, musician, composer, producer, writer and performer with 14 CDs under his belt made the move to be closer to the jazz music scene...

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JAZZ at the CV Music Awards

JAZZ at the CV Music Awards

By | May 28, 2016 at 1:50 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell What a night of music! This is the first year that Coachella Valley Music Awards has added an additional jazz category to the awards. Some of my musical friends and some I'd never met were nominated in two categories. The first was Jazz Vocalist of the Year...

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Celebrity Jazz Jam 5 at Desert Willow Golf Resort

Celebrity Jazz Jam 5 at Desert Willow Golf Resort

By | May 19, 2016 at 11:18 pm | No comments

By Patte Purcell 17 musicians, vocalists and artists packed the stage at Celebrity Jazz Jam 5 at Desert Willow Golf Resort. This incredible venue overlooks palm trees and the most beautiful golf course you've ever seen. It started with a 3 song salute to Prince. Cleer, an...

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Adam Hawley ‘A List’ Guitarist

Adam Hawley ‘A List’ Guitarist

By | May 12, 2016 at 6:45 pm | No comments

By Patte Purcell I interviewed Adam Hawley as he waited for his flight to play with Dave Koz as they have been opening for Barry Manilow for the last 2 years. That’s not a bad place to start with this rapidly rising star. His first single release is at #6 on Billboard and...

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Cleer: Poised For Greatness

Cleer: Poised For Greatness

By | May 6, 2016 at 2:12 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell What do Cleer, Prince, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross and Barbara Streisand have in common? They all have the same vocal coach, Seth Riggs. Who mentored Cleer on recording? None other than Dave Knight who also happens to be the genius master engineer for...

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Celebrity Jazz Jam SLAMS the Desert

Celebrity Jazz Jam SLAMS the Desert

By | April 21, 2016 at 4:54 pm | No comments

By Patte Purcell Karl Stober, writer for numerous national jazz magazines said it is a 'very organic show' Guests raved about it! The musicians were excited just to be a part of it. The Celebrity Jazz Jam at Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert, an incredible outdoor...

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