Paula Harris & The Beat Tramps
Motown – Soul – RnB
Whether you need soothing ambience, a listening room/concert experience, or hip shaking party, Paula is the perfect foil for your special event…
Paula Harris delivers jazz, blues, soul and cocktail music like you have never heard it before.
Paula’s award-winning voice has been compared to Sarah Vaughan (Blues Blast Magazine) and Ruth Brown (Monterey Herald) called The Rightful heir to Etta James (At the Crossroads Magazine) and described as A Force of Nature(Cashbox Magazine).
Whether you need soothing ambience, a listening room/concert experience, or hip shaking party, Paula is the perfect foil for your special event. She has 30 years’ experience with literally thousands of weddings, corporate events, private parties, Festivals, Colleges, Casino’s and more, as well a degree in event and meeting planning which allows her to work with your event planner efficiently and seamlessly.
Currently holding the title of Best Female Vocalist in Northern California from the Northern California Entertainers and Music Awards, Paula was also voted Top 3 at the International level of the Largest Battle of the Bands Competition in the world, The IBC. The competition is held annually in Memphis TN. and features more than 250 acts from across the United States and 20 countries.
Paula dishes out an infectious mix of contemporary jazz, soft soul, R&B and sophisticated blues favorites as well as swing and classics from the Great American Songbook. With a concentration in the music of the 40’s to the 70’s, they also combine a smattering of her tasteful original material which blends seamlessly with the format and keeps things fresh. She can also bring out the brass and present some of the finest classic horn-driven dance music with her Grammy-Winning Horns.
For more intimate events, venues with tightly constrained space, or limited budgets, she can give you a duo of Piano and Vocals or a three-piece ensemble of Piano Bass and Vocals. Her most often used format is a four-piece format (Piano, Bass, Drums, and Vocals. Adding one of the Bay Area’s Premiere Guitar players is an option if you want more dance music or Blues. An Additional Trumpet or Sax up to full horn section is also available. Also available is the addition of Male Vocalist, Fred Ross. Fred made a name for himself in a 14-year-stint at Harry Denton’s Starlight room and has worked with Sly & The Family Stone, Chaka Kahn, Aretha Franklin, Tower of Power and more. Paula’s reputation of only utilizing the best of the bay area musicians precedes her. All the formats she offers are comprised of world-class musicians who have worked with icons in the industry such as Lou Rawls, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Little Richard, Greg Allman, Dizzy Gillespie, Sheila E, Santana, Tower of Power, and more. They are all drug-free, prompt, professional and impressive.
Paula enjoys artist residencies at both the Top of the Mark Club and Savanna Jazz and has also performed at The Blue Note, Yoshi’s, Biscuits and Blues, the Lesher Performing Arts Center, Montalvo Performing arts Center, Sweetwater Music Hall, The Great American Music Hall, The Orpheum in Memphis TN, The Fox Theater in Atlanta, The Georgia World Congress center and more. Paula is a classically trained vocalist who has performed with numerous symphony orchestras as well.
She works a lot! You might find a cheaper alternative- but you will not find a better band for the price. We advise against shopping for a cheaper alternative for two reasons. One-there is nothing like Paula’s act out there- especially with an award-winning vocalist fronting the group. And two- If you wait, chances are you won’t be able to book her at all. She usually books well in advance of dates but will be happy to accommodate you for later notice, provided the band is available. Paula can travel any distance if you can afford the travel expenses. Pricing ranges from $900 for local events in the San Francisco Bay area and smaller ensembles to $20,000 for international travel (dependent on flight prices, and size of band desired). Should you need Paula for a shorter event such as a celebration of life, a ceremony only, or something where only a few tunes are required, or if you would like Paula to work with your accompanist- smaller fees can be adjusted for local jobs( within 100 miles)
Shows can be tailored to your needs from the softer side and Listening environments to upping the energy to get people dancing or for a festival main stage. With advance warning, Paula can arrange for a limited amount of more modern dance tunes, but normally sticks to the music of the Great American Songbook, and the genres listed spanning the 40’s to 70’s. It should be noted that Country, Rap, Electronica, and with few exceptions Pop and Rock are not styles offered.( Please see the song list for more comprehensive information) While many Party bands rely on what could be described as Cheesy Schick, Paula Harris is a versatile, elegant, and impressive alternative which allows the music to speak for itself!
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