Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Adams, Patricia , singer, bandleader; b. Manhattan, New York City, 28 June, 1941. Her father, Rev. Dr. Alger L. Adams (born August 1, 1910 in Omaha, Nebraska and died September 2, 1992 in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY) moved the family to Hastings-on-Hudson, New York when Patricia was five. Although not a performing musician, her father played piano and guitar (by ear) and composed melodies from recipes in cookbooks. In church, of course, he often sang the mass. In addition, he and his wife Jessie Margarita Wells Adams (born July 13, 1910 in Beaumont, Texas and died September 27, 1997 in Hastings-on-Hudson) founded and published The Westchester Country Press, a weekly newspaper serving African-Americans and which is still published. Both were activists in Harlem in the 1940s.
Adams received a BS at New York University, School Of Commerce, Accounts & Finance (now, The Stern School) in 1963 and an MBA at Atlanta University, Graduate School Of Business in 1969. At the Performing Arts School Of Worcester, she received private study with the then director of music,
Allan Mueller (piano, 1989-92) as well as Semenya McCord (vocal, 1992-94) and Frank Wilkins (piano, 1993-95). At the New England Conservatory, Department Of Contemporary Improvisation she studied with Dominique Eade (vocal, 1996-98). More recently, she has studied in Manhattan with Jeannie Lovetri at Voice Workshop (vocal, 1999-present), Sheila Jordan (vocal, 2000-02) and Kirk Nurock (songwriter, 2002-present).
She performed at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston from 1992, becoming designated show opener there for the Frank Wilkins' Vocal Showcase until 1996, while she continued to perform at other open mic nights and at nursing homes. From 1963 to 1998, she worked in human resource management in four Fortune 500 companies before trading her career in senior management for a singing career.
Placed in four categories on the 44th Annual Grammy Awards ballot.
In July 2003, she was elected to the board of the New England Conservatory for a 3 year term.
Raw Silk (1996); Blue For You (1998); Out Of This World (2001)
Broadcasts and Films:
Massachusetts: WERS radio, 108-KISS and Harvard U radio and Creatively Speaking on Channel 17 (Framingham, MA local cable)
New York: Insights & Updates on Channel 71 (Yonkers, NY local cable)
International Airplay: 98.5 Berlin (Germany), Brazil, Peru, Ukraine
5 hours of footage filmed at Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge, MA and the Danforth Museum Of Art in Framingham, MA during the Fall and Spring of 2002, edited to 12 minutes and currently in use as a promotional video
Author of a bi-monthly column, Diva Days, for Economic Forum , Hempstead, NY
Works About Adams:
"She Swapped Stocks For Songs," The Sandpaper, Loveladies, NJ, July 12, 2000
"State Of The Art, Her Story," The Worcester Phoenix, Worcester, MA, January 14, 2000
"All That Jazz . . . Jazz Sensation Patricia Adams Performs At New York's Arci's," Unity First, Framingham, MA, October 5, 1999
"Starting Over - A Life After DIGITAL Update," Digital Today, Maynard, MA, 1999
"Singer Transitions From Corporate World To Stage," Bay State Banner, Boston, MA, August 19, 1999
"Patricia Adams, A Woman With Song," Unity First, Framingham, MA, June 29, 1999
"She's Starting On A High Note," The Montachusett Telegram & Gazette, Leominster, MA, September 4, 1994
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