Backstage Jazz

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...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns

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...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns

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...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns, Feature Stories

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...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns

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...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns

Fishermans Market For Live Jazz And Blues

Fishermans Market For Live Jazz And Blues

By | April 14, 2016 at 1:42 pm | No comments

By Patte Purcell One question that I'm asked all the time is 'where can I find some good live jazz?’ Although there are several places, one of the best and growing venues are the Fisherman's Market & Grills. There are now 3 of them in the desert. The original in Palm...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns

Uber-Talent Terry Wollman

Uber-Talent Terry Wollman

By | April 7, 2016 at 3:31 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell The level of talent I am blessed to work with never ceases to amaze me. Terry Wollman sat in at our VIP Afterparty Jam at the Riviera Hotel in October. He's very impressive. Thanks to a referral from our keyboardist Greg Manning for the Celebrity Jazz Jam at...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns

Jazz Is Blooming! Jeff Goldblum to perform at Celebrity Jazz Jam

Jazz Is Blooming! Jeff Goldblum to perform at Celebrity Jazz Jam

By | March 30, 2016 at 5:04 pm | No comments

By Patte Purcell This is the first Anniversary of my column in Coachella Valley Weekly. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Tracy Dietlin and Phil Lacombe for their tireless efforts in bringing such a great entertainment and music magazine to the Coachella Valley. ...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns

Back to the Classics!

Back to the Classics!

By | March 24, 2016 at 8:33 pm | No comments

By Patte Purcell It was a fun filled night as artists from LA, Las Vegas, and the desert, performed some of the Great American songbook to the delight of the audience, under the stars at the stunning Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert. The show started with John...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns

Paul Elia

Paul Elia

By | March 17, 2016 at 3:46 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell Anybody who thinks about the desert, almost invariably thinks about the iconic legends of Palm Springs nightlife, the Rat Pack. Many of the entertainers here add the standards to their shows reminding people of the history of this entertainment...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns

The Next Celebrity Jazz Jam, Jazz Standards, American, Latin and Swing

The Next Celebrity Jazz Jam, Jazz Standards, American, Latin and Swing

By | March 10, 2016 at 11:27 pm | No comments

By Patte Purcell The desert is considered a primary home for the classic standards jazz from the Rat Pack to swing. I was brought up on big band and jazz as my mom was a huge fan and used to take the train to Chicago on the weekends. I've never lost my love for it. The...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns

Curtis Brooks Sax

Curtis Brooks Sax

By | March 3, 2016 at 1:20 pm | No comments

By Patte Purcell One of the favorite parts of my life is getting to hear some truly great artists and then getting to interview them (thanks CV Weekly). I had the pleasure of seeing this stylish young man and amazing entertainer at the Spaghettini Namm Jam and then he came in...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns

Celebrity Jazz Jam Latin Night Under The Desert Full Moon

Celebrity Jazz Jam Latin Night Under The Desert Full Moon

By | February 25, 2016 at 2:16 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell Brazilian jazz sung by the beautiful Gretje Anjell, with acoustic guitar by Dori Amarillo, gently opened the Celebrity Jazz Jam Latin Night on an intimate note as the full moon rose over the Desert Willow Golf Resort. The air was balmy and the Sold Out crowd...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns

Conga Beth – the World’s Sexiest Percussionist!

Conga Beth – the World’s Sexiest Percussionist!

By | February 18, 2016 at 2:39 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell Female percussionists are rare, and to find one that is also a vocalist is even more uncommon. Beth Tschantre being young (25 years old), talented, beautiful and experienced is quite a find.  This stunning young lady, who looks like a fitness model, just...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns, Feature Stories

Gretje Angell To Perform at The Celebrity Jazz Jam

Gretje Angell To Perform at The Celebrity Jazz Jam

By | February 11, 2016 at 6:21 am | No comments

Monday, Feb. 22 at Desert Willow Golf Resort By Patte Purcell I am blessed to be able to work with amazing artists. I am excited to be working with a vocalist who I believe could break into the big leagues. Her name is Gretje Angell (pronounced Gretta). I was introduced to...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns, Feature Stories

BOB DESENA – LATIN JAZZ ARTIST

BOB DESENA – LATIN JAZZ ARTIST

By | February 4, 2016 at 2:39 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell There are many different types of jazz: smooth jazz, straight ahead jazz, the standards, and one of my favorites, Latin jazz. I had the pleasure of interviewing Bob DeSena who happens to be the 24th Annual La Jazz Awards Artist of the Year. He just received...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns

Mikole Kaar, Who Knew?

Mikole Kaar, Who Knew?

By | January 28, 2016 at 1:51 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell Jazz Jams are one of the staples of the Palm Springs music scene. I've attended Mikole Kaar's jazz jams for years. His new one at The Block was packed last Wednesday night for his birthday party. Mikole plays sax, flute, piano and sings. He does primarily...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns

CELEBRITY JAZZ JAM MESMERIZES THE DESERT!

CELEBRITY JAZZ JAM MESMERIZES THE DESERT!

By | January 21, 2016 at 2:08 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell National artists and local favorites mesmerized the fans at Desert Willow Golf Resort in the first Celebrity Jazz Jam at the Desert Willow Golf Resort Monday Night. One of the guests, Mya Scamera, posted on Facebook last night: "It was stellar and off the...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns

Season Jazz Offerings in the Desert

Season Jazz Offerings in the Desert

By | January 14, 2016 at 12:42 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell Jazz is coming back in a big way out here in the desert! A number of concert series are taking place building on earlier successes along with the best places to hear it. Here's a run-down on some of the best Jazz Happenings this season. The new Celebrity...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns

Darryl Williams: Bassist, Composer and Artist

Darryl Williams: Bassist, Composer and Artist

By | January 6, 2016 at 4:44 pm | No comments

By Patte Purcell Some musicians play in the inner circles of the smooth jazz field. One of those is 'A List' bass player Darryl Williams. From Euge Groove to Peter White, Darryl Williams plays bass for them all. San Diego born bassist Darryl Williams began playing bass at...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns

2016 Celebrity Jazz Jam Series

2016 Celebrity Jazz Jam Series

By | December 30, 2015 at 6:32 pm | No comments

By Patte Purcell New Year’s Resolution, bring great Jazz events to the desert! I've been a Jazz enthusiast for years It has been the underlying musical current of my life since I was young. My mother Anne Albracht was a big jazz fan, as a young woman in her 20's she would...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns, Feature Stories

Rick Parma

Rick Parma

By | December 23, 2015 at 12:45 pm | No comments

By Patte Purcell In my work trying to promote jazz in the desert I've gotten to know some wonderful musicians. After the BMW of Palm Springs Smooth Jazzfest at the Riviera we had a VIP Afterparty and Jam and artists were invited to join. One of those was Rick Parma, a sax...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns, Feature Stories

Aysha: Smooth Jazz Diva

Aysha: Smooth Jazz Diva

By | December 17, 2015 at 1:31 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell Sometimes an artist comes around that is a stand-out. Aysha is one of those artists. I first heard of her about 4 years ago on Smooth Jazz.com. I really enjoyed her music and her marketing efforts. I thought she was a stand-out then and as I've watched her...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns, Feature Stories

Bobbie Eakes, Swingin’ with Sinatra

Bobbie Eakes, Swingin’ with Sinatra

By | December 10, 2015 at 4:41 am | No comments

The big buzz in the desert is the 100th birthday of Palm Springs most iconic resident, Frank Sinatra By Patte Purcell Vocalist and actress Bobbie Eakes is celebrating with a tribute to the man and the hit songs of one they called 'Old Blue Eyes'. Dubbed 'Swinging with...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns, Feature Stories

Vocalist Rose Mallett

Vocalist Rose Mallett

By | December 3, 2015 at 2:45 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell I had the privilege to see Rose Mallett performing at our last Celebrity Jazz Jam at Arnold Palmer’s. She arrived at the end as she had another booking, got up on stage and belted out some jazz and blues tunes including “Stormy Monday” (one of my...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns

First Celebrity Jazz Jam a Success!

First Celebrity Jazz Jam a Success!

By | November 25, 2015 at 11:04 pm | No comments

By Patte Purcell The first Celebrity Jazz Jam at Arnold Palmer’s was a huge success! The sold out crowd listened to national artists and local favorites, while enjoying a special brunch menu and cocktail specials on the beautiful outdoor patio. The core band was composed...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns, Feature Stories

Paul Taylor: Saxman

Paul Taylor: Saxman

By | November 19, 2015 at 1:08 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell I was lucky enough to get to see Paul Taylor at Grooves at the Westin a few weeks ago. We are friends on Facebook but we'd never actually met. I ran into him at check in and what a great guy! He went on to perform and put on a great show. The crowd loved...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns

Celebrity Jazz Jam

Celebrity Jazz Jam

By | November 12, 2015 at 4:50 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell I always love a good Jazz Jam and Palm Springs has got some great ones. The VIP Afterparty at the BMW of Palm Springs Smooth Jazzfest was so much fun that nobody wanted it to end. We had artists come in from LA, San Diego even Las Vegas to jam. One of the...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns

Jazz Lineup for Season

Jazz Lineup for Season

By | November 5, 2015 at 2:59 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell As the season heats up there are lots of great new jazz events taking place in the valley. The musical choices are growing and there are some wonderful artists that are gravitating to this iconic location for entertainment. RANCHO MIRAGE ART AFFAIR: On...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns

Ronnie King: Back To His Jazz Roots

Ronnie King: Back To His Jazz Roots

By | October 29, 2015 at 3:41 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell Many of you are familiar with Ronnie King the Multi-Platinum, Diamond Certified (more than 10,000,000 units) Oscar and Grammy Nominated producer, composer, arranger, musician and philanthropist, who has collaborated with artists including Mariah Carey, Tupac...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns, Feature Stories

John Carey

John Carey

By | October 22, 2015 at 2:02 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell It's always interesting to me to interview some of our local talent. You just don't know what you've got sometimes. There is a gentleman that has played in the desert for many years. His name is John Carey and his first gig was with the Chi Lites. As a...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns, Feature Stories

BMW OF PALM SPRINGS SMOOTH JAZZFEST – PAPARRAZI

BMW OF PALM SPRINGS SMOOTH JAZZFEST – PAPARRAZI

By | October 15, 2015 at 5:18 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell The BMW of Palm Springs Smooth Jazzfest put a new spin on smooth jazz in the desert. The event produced by Patte Purcell and Sheree Lillie featured jazz, blues, funk, and groove. Held in the beautiful Riviera Palm Springs Grand Ballroom there was seating for...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns

Papparazzi- Elements of Jazz and Soul

Papparazzi- Elements of Jazz and Soul

By | October 1, 2015 at 2:13 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell Yes, we danced! What a great time we all had at Ruth Ruiz's (RR Class Act Entertainment) 'Elements of Jazz and Soul' party at Miramonte Hotel in Indian Wells last Thursday night. The music was amazing! Darryl Fitzgerald and his band with special guest smooth...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns

BMW Of Palm Springs Smooth Jazzfest™ Is Almost Here!!

BMW Of Palm Springs Smooth Jazzfest™ Is Almost Here!!

By | September 24, 2015 at 10:36 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell After the sold out success of Summer Jazzfest the iconic Riviera Palm Springs Resort's Tom Wright (who attended) asked me to hold future Jazzfests at the Riviera. Needless to say, the opportunity to hold my parties in one of the most beautiful venues on one...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns, Feature Stories

Guillermo Yslas: Percussionist

Guillermo Yslas: Percussionist

By | September 17, 2015 at 12:27 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell In addition to guitars and horns, percussion is one of my favorite musical accompaniments. The BMW Palm Springs Smooth Jazzfest (tm) which is being produced by myself and my PR Production Partner Sheree Lillie of Lillie PR on October 5, in the Riviera Palm...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns, Feature Stories