How Long Has This Been Going On?
Paula Alder has been singing since the age of six. Her mother played the piano, her father played the violin, and Paula grew up on her parents' extensive jazz and classical vinyl collection. She studied voice with Richard Loring and acting with Lee Strasburg in Hollywood and planned a career in musical theater. Her mother's sudden death in 1971 changed everything. Alder moved to Santa Cruz to complete her University education, where she studied theater, music, art, and playwriting. She was featured in numerous local and regional musical productions including My Fair Lady, Cabaret, and The Club and theatrical Productions with Bear Republic Theater. A veteran of the L.A. scene in the early 70's, she has also appeared at the Kuumbwa Jazz Club and, more recently, at the Rio Theater in Santa Cruz with such notable artists as Sista Monica Parker. In 1997, she launched her dream business, Smith Alder Fine Clothing and Art Jewelry, currently located at the beautiful new Santana Row Shopping Center in San Jose. She began monthly in-store vocal jazz gigs with virtuoso guitarist, Mark Van Ness and was part of two all-star line-ups at the Rio Theater. With fans asking for a jazz CD and Mark working with new band, Seven Come Eleven, it was time to produce a jazz vocal CD. Alder's heart and soul are in these tunes, as are her unique lyrical interpretations. If you like Diana Krall, Norah Jones, Karrin Allyson, and Tierney Sutton-or you loved Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Lena Horne, Peggy Lee, and Blossom Dearie-this album is for you! A recent review by Michael Mascioli of All Music Services in San Francisco says: ... auspicious debut CD by this Bay Area-based jazz singer. Alder counts among her influences Ella, Sarah, Nina, Billie, Lena, Judy, Barbra, Blossom and Peggy, but it is the last two who are most conjured up by her particular gentle vocal stylings. The CD is lent a distinctive-and retro-sound by a backing that features the Hammond organ (a staple, of course, in many '60s pop and jazz recordings), and with his delicate guitar work, Mark Van Ness engages in some especially sensitive interplay with Alder's filigree vocals. 14 songs, virtually all standards: Cheek to Cheek, Lover Man, Blue Skies, How Long Has This Been Going On?, Some Cats Know, Someone to Watch Over Me, I Love Being Here with You, Embraceable You, Why Can't You Behave?, The Nearness of You, Dave Frishberg's Let's Eat Home, Down with Love, Over the Rainbow, and Meet Me, Midnight (written for Diane Schuur by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman).