Paola Vera

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Singer, songwriter, pianist, Paola Vera has been described as a ‘Jazz chick with hits’ (Richard Niles) and a ‘truly gifted improviser’ (Pete Churchill). She first started singing and playing the piano at the age of 13, later going on to continue her musical education at Trinity College of Music and The Royal Academy of Music after receiving the Elton John Scholarship in London.

In 2007 Paola was awarded a Yamaha Jazz Award for outstanding young Jazz musicians in association with Jazzwize magazine. She has since gone on to receive several awards including prizes for best accompanist in the Finsterwalde Pop and Jazz competition Germany, best improvisation and 2nd place in Lithuwania at the International Jazz Vocalist Competition held in Klaipeda. Paola’s music blends her passion for jazz with a modern edge; a fresh take on groove which she infuses into her own song writing and a new slant on old songs. She sites many influences including Stevie Wonder, Jill Scott, James Taylor, Nat King Cole….

Paola has performed with many greats of the British Jazz scene; including Tony Coe, Paul Booth, Jim Mullen, Henry Lowther, Pete Churchill. She has been a member of a number of different projects, including National Youth Jazz Orchestra and more recently Pete Churchill’s London Vocal Project, recently featured with Bobby Mcferrin at the 2010 ‘Vocabularies’ London Debut and with Norma Winstone on the Edition release ‘Mirrors’ by Kenny Wheeler. Her recent duo performance with Andrea Vicari at the Steinway Festival featured her own material and was broadcast on UK Radio 3’s Jazz Lineup . Paola has been a member of several London based jazz groups including the acclaimed ‘Jazz Ambassadors’, an all female Jazz group featuring her own compositions where she is featured as vocalist.  She is currently featured vocalist on JJ Wheeler’s ‘Come back stronger’ project, featured at last year’s London Jazz Festival.

In April 2011 Paola released her debut album, ‘Spellbound’  a collection of original catchy pop songs which incorporate hints of acid jazz, R&B and soul.

Produced by the highly acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Paul Booth (Steve Winwood) the album features his playing amongst rising stars of the London jazz scene. Recorded at Wincraft Studios under the careful eye of James Towler (Grammy nominated and twice winner of the prestigious City Guilds sound engineer of the year award 2010) the album holds an exciting blend of deep groove and powerful melodies. 

As a sought after cabaret act for private, charity and corporate events Paola also regularly performs at the most exclusive parties and private events for clientele as diverse as The Times Newspaper to H.R.H King of Thailand! Never tiring of diversity, Paola is also an experienced educator and choral director. She is a vocal tutor at the Dordogne Jazz Summer school and engages in many community education projects internationally.

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