|Pre-Show Preparations At Pete Carlson's|
|Greta Mattassa, Andy Fraga Jr., Larry Holloway and Doug McDonald|
If you are a fan of Jazz vocals and were not at Pete Carlson's Jazz For Jazz Lovers Series last Friday January 26, you missed a spectacular performance by Jazz Vocalist, Greta Matassa. Greta has been voted best Jazz Vocalist in the Pacific North West four times and has recorded 10 highly successful CDs. Greta's influences include the best American vocalists, including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra, and Anita O'Day. You can also hear the influences of Sarah Vaughn, Nancy Wilson, June Christy and Diane Schuur. It's one thing to have all these vocal giants as your musical heroes but then to perform using everything you have learned from these heroes is a talent that only a few musicians can accomplish. It is clear to everyone in the standing- room-audience tonight that Greta Matassa has more than proved she can join this illustrious group of vocalists. Greta's voice can move from sad to joyous, from delicate to strong and her phrasing is fresh and powerful!
Greta also teaches in Jazz camps, festivals, master classes and give clinics and workshops for aspiring singers. Tonight's performance was a clinic for the audience of what Jazz Vocals are all about.
Supporting Greta tonight was a group of three of the top musicians from the Coachella Valley area. Larry Holloway on Bass, Andy Fraga Jr on Drums and Doug McDonald on Guitar. Doug was called in at the last minute because the Guitar player that was scheduled, Bruce Forman came down with the flu. Doug's performance was outstanding especially considering he never performed with Greta before and he never had time to even review her charts. Doug is such a Pro, no one could even detect that Doug was not Greta's regular Guitar player!
I found a "YouTube" of Greta Matassa singing "The Song Is You" that will give you a good sample of Greta's vocal skills. She is joined by musicians Darin Clendenin on Piano, Clipper Anderson on Bass and Steve Dornes on Drums.