Vocalists Joanna Pascale and Paul Jost team up with the Matthew Parrish Quartet for a very original, very jazzy take on McCartney classics from the Beatles and Wings eras.
Lyric is paramount for Philadelphia-based vocalist Joanna Pascale, who insists that she simply cannot perform a song unless she can connect personally with its lyrics. A singer of sophisticated taste, profound expressiveness, and raw emotion, Pascale has performed and recorded with Jeremy Pelt, Tim Warfield, Orrin Evans, and Philly sax legend Larry McKenna.
Paul Jost is a rare talent — an eclectic artist with great skill as a vocalist in genres that range from jazz to country and more. His vocals are so soulful that music critic Buster Maxwell wrote, “he nearly single- handedly reclaims the male voice as a valid and critically important jazz instrument.” Michael Barbiero, producer/engineer/songwriter, who has worked with legends like John Lennon, Whitney Houston and Metallica, says Paul brings vocal styling to a new level. “Once in a great while an artist comes along whose talent and vision allow the body of all that we thought we knew to be viewed through a new facet. Paul is such an artist.”
The Matthew Parrish group, and this concert, are the brainchild of bassist and jazz entrepreneur Matthew Parrish. Based in Philadelphia, Matthew has had the unforgettable experience of touring with legendary trombonist and mentor, Al Grey. He has also toured with the likes of Clark Terry, Marion McPartland, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lou Donaldson, Joe Cohn, Savion Glover, and Bill Charlap, and was the mind behind Larry McKenna and Bootsie Barnes’s 2012 Gretna Music Battle of the Saxes.
Joanna and Paul could sing Schubert or Gershwin, Beethoven, Porter or Berlin. Instead they and Matthew have chosen the songbook of another all-time great, Paul McCartney. McCartney’s songs may have been written in the rock idiom, but like the works of all the giants, in the hands of great performers they transcend style. In other words, they are the perfect choice for Pascale, Jost, and the Matthew Parrish Group to communicate the timeless message that only genius can convey.
$25/20/15 in advance, $28/23/18 day of concert.
Mt. Gretna Playhouse.