|Tags:||female vocalists female jazz vocalists ray guntrip jazz soul oldies virginia jazz vocalists cdbaby contemporary jazz charlottesville under 2000 listeners|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
Patricia Stephanie Nakasian, 29 August 1954, Washington, DC, USA. Nakasians mother had been a singer in the 40s, working with the popular Meyer Davis band. Raised in Bronxville, New York, she studied classical music, becoming an accomplished pianist and violinist and she also sang in choral groups and studied voice privately. Planning a career in commerce, she attained an economics degree and worked for a while in banking and as a financial consultant. In 1980, she met pianist Hod OBrien and soon thereafter abandoned her career and began singing with him (and later the couple were married). In the mid-80s, as a member of Jon Hendricks group, Company, she began attracting attention and capitalized on this with several well-received solo recordings.
Nakasian has played at many jazz festivals throughout Europe and the USA. With Jim Cullum, she has made numerous broadcasts, often in programmes of songs from the 30s and...