If you are in the mood for some Patti Austin, you are in luck. She will be performing in select cities in the USA and also overseas through the year.
Patti Austin has always been a favorite of mine, because I love the tone of her voice. She is also a part of the Quincy Jones family, so her music has always been on point.
In case you forgot, she sang It’s The Falling In Love, a duet with Michael Jackson, which appeared on the Off The Wall album. It was never a single, but it was one of the highlights of that landmark project. That was, of course a Quincy Jones production. Speaking of Mr. Jones, remember the song Razzamatazz? Man, that was a great track. Patti just its right there in that pocket, and the song just flows. Perhaps her most famous duet is Baby Come To Me, with James Ingram. This is another Quincy Jones production, and what else can you say about it, except it is a classic.
For me, there are two songs in her catalog that stand out. The slow jam, Any Other Fool, is in my top ten of all time songs. It is actually Sadao Watanabe featuring Patti, and it originally appeared on his Front Seat album. The second is a song produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, The Heat Of Heat.
She is so versatile, that not only the R&B is solid, but her Jazz is second to none.
She will be appearing at the Seabreeze Jazz Festival at the end of April, so for those of you who are heading out Panama City Beach, get ready! If you are in Portland on April 29-30, Patti will be performing The Music Of Ella Fitzgerald—Now and Then.
She will be in Kansas City, and Aspen, CO this summer, and overseas – Australia, Amsterdam, Bulgaria, and Finland.
Here is the complete schedule: