At the age of twelve, Patrisha heard Count Basie’s One O’ Clock Jump pouring out from a music store. “In that moment I knew this sound was me, and I would write songs expressing the same joy, but with contemporary lyrics.”
Classic jazz singers such as Billie Holiday, Anita O’Day, and Sarah Vaughan have influenced her music, along with contemporaries Ann Hampton Callaway and Dianne Reeves. Listeners will also hear a touch of musical theater in her voice. Her childhood favorites are West Side Story, Ain’t Misbehavin’, and Porgy & Bess.
Performing regularly with arranger/pianist Steve Rawlins, Café Laurent in Culver City, CA has been their Jazz Brunch home since 2006.
On her debut CD, That Old Feeling, Rawlins wears several hats: musical director, arranger, co-producer, and pianist. Patrisha has been honored to have three other equally seasoned musicians for this album: Paul Morin on bass, Gordon Peeke on drums, and soloist Tom Peterson, doubling on flute and sax. These performers have extensive credits, having arranged and/or performed with many prominent vocalists such as Steve March-Tormé, Bette Midler, Chaka Kahn, Natalie Cole, and the big bands of Woody Herman and Benny Goodman, including Tom’s 17 years with Doc Severinsen’s NBC Tonight Show Orchestra.
Patrisha also has had a varied history in the arts. In addition to singing, she is an accomplished visual artist and teacher.
That Old Feeling is dedicated to her late father, John A. Thomson, and to the time they spent working together in the decade prior to his passing in November of 2011 at the age of 100 years.
Her album is available for purchase on CD Baby, itunes, and Amazon.