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Fleming, Pamela

Fleming, Pamela, trumpet, flugelhorn, composer; b. New York City, 10 October 1957. At age 3 her family, (Robert and Blossom Fleming , and sister Regina)  moved to New City, New York (Rockland County), where she grew up and graduated from Clarkstown Highschool. She went on to graduate with a BM in Music Performance from the Eastman School of Music in 1979. There she studied with Sydney Mear and Allan Dean. (Later she studied with Jimmy Maxwell in New York City.)

After graduating from the Eastman School of Music, Pamela moved back to New York City in 1980, and soon formed Third Wind with fellow Eastman musician, Paula M. Kimper, performing their original horn influenced pop songs. Shortly after, she became part of a minimalist / eclectic synth ensemble called Anomy performing at venues such as New York City's Mudd Club and The Kitchen. This music highlighted Pam on electric trumpet, synthesizer and spoken word.

In 1985 she merged with saxophonist, Jenny Hill and trombonist Nilda Richards as the horn section for Steppin Razor, an all-female reggae band, that opened for major Reggae acts like UB40, Yellow Man, and Burning Spear. Several months later they were asked to play on Burning Spear's upcoming European tour, which took Pamela on quite an unexpected career path. That initial Spear tour turned into over 2 years of incessant globe-trotting --- Europe, Africa, Scandinavia, Columbia, Grenada, Jamaica, Canada and the United States - and three Grammy nominated albums.
This horn trio now known as "Burning Brass" went on to form and front their own World Beat Afro Funk group. In 1991 they toured the US and Japan with Reggae Sunsplash, backing Maxi Priest, Dennis Brown, Shinehead, Carlene Davis and Andrew Tosh. During this tour the Burning Brass was endorsed by the L.A.Sax Company, which specializes in custom colored horns.

The African Tours in 1986-1987 took the band to Nigeria, Liberia, Senegal, Ivory Coast, and Zaire. Working side by side with Fela and King Sunny Ade, and jamming with the local African musicians, drew Pam into a new world of sounds, rhythms and unusual instruments. "Ba-Bo-De" on Pam's recording 'Fearless Dreamer' is dedicated to Fela's memory. In 1991 she formed her own original group, Fearless Dreamer, a contemporary world jazz ensemble. she's been writing and performing with this group ever since.

Pamela Fleming toured as soloist with Natalie Merchant at the 1998 Lilith Fair. She nightly sat in with Sarah McLachlan, The Indigo Girls, Queen Latifah, N'Dea Davenport, and Victoria Williams. Pamela has also played with Bonnie Raitt (VH1 Storytellers), "Little" Jimmy Scott (Sessions at 54th St. on PBS),Soca Star - Arrow (wrote "Hot Hot Hot"), Buster Poindexter aka David Johansen (made "Hot Hot Hot" more famous), Bruce Springsteen, Robert Palmer, Cab Calloway, Metropolitan Klezmer, Diva - No Man's Band, The Mel Lewis Big Band, Patrick Moraz (Keys with Yes, Moody Blues), Pucho and his Latin Soul Brothers, and others.

Recordings:
Burning Brass (1990); Fearless Dreamer (1998); Live at the PSUMC Jazz and Pop Fest (2000); Climb (2003)
As sideperson:
Steppin' Razor: First Cut (1986); Rebel Souls (1986); Burning Spear: People of the World (1987), Mistress Music (1988), Burning Spear Live in Paris (1989); Oran "Juice" Jones: To Be Immortal (1989); La Monte Young: The Second Dream ... (1991); Maxi Priest / Dennis Brown: Fever (1992); Kunimoto (1995); Corey Glover: From Living Colour (1995); Primordial Source: Primordial Source (1995), Polarity (1996); Domecq Smith : Works for trumpet and organ, and brass quintet (1996); Pucho and his Latin Soul Brothers: Groovin' High (1997), Mucho Pucho (1997); Metropolitan Klezmer: Yiddish For Travelers (1997); Firewater: The Ponzi Scheme (1998); Little Jimmy Scott: Holding Back The Years (1998); Toots and The Maytals: Recoup (1998); Lilith Fair Live Recording w/ Natalie Merchant: In The Ghetto (1999); Imani Coppola   (unreleased, 1999); Rachelle Garniez and the Fortunate Few: Crazy Blood (2000); Mob Story: A Hip Hopera (2000); Metropolitan Klezmer / Isle Of Klezbos: Mosaic Persuasion (2000); The Motives Project: So Much More (2001); Louis Atlas: Beat of the Heart (2001); Lalibela: Black Son Rising (2002); Metropolitan Klezmer: Surprising Finds (2003); Isle Of Klezbos: Greetings for the Isle of Klezbos (2000); Afroditee: Sex in New York City (2003); Louie Fleck: The Motives Project - So Much More (2001), NYC Reggae Collective -AlieNation (2004); Stuffy Shmitt: Other People's Stuff - 2003; Terry Dame: Monkey On A Rail - 2002

Video:
Burning Spear Live in Paris - 1989

Bibliography:
Brooklyn Skyline - September 28th, 1999 - Daring to Dream, Fearlessly
Brooklyn Skyline - January 11th 2000 - A Fearless Dream comes to Life
Windplayer Magazine Volume 7 Number 5 - cover story: Burning Brass Plays it hot

Websites:
http://www.metropolitanklezmer.com

Contact information:
PamFleming@fearlessdreamer.com
http://www.fearlessdreamer.com - official Pamela Fleming Website
Management:
Infinite Room RPM
237 Waverly Avenue -  Suite 3
Brooklyn, NY 11205
718-789-1737

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