Patti Littlefield Group: Jazz Stories 2
Vocalist Patti Littlefield is joined by Bert Dalton, keys/piano; Terry Burns, bass; Alex Murzyn, sax; Paul Gonzales, trumpet; and Arnaldo Acosta drums/percussion in a concert featuring songs that jazz singers don’t usually sing, including those of Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, Jennifer Robin, Freddie Hubbard, Gordon Parks, Antonio Jobim, Doc Pomus, Bob Dorough and the Neville Brothers, to name a few, plus some originals, which she calls semi-autobiographical. A self-taught singer, Littlefield performs all types of music, from R&B to bebop, and from jazz to blues to rock. “Patti Littlefield is the risk-taking vocalist who can rattle the glassware behind the bar or make a tear fall,” wrote Mel Minter of Musically Speaking. A studio singer on both coasts (New York and Los Angeles), she has performed locally with many of New Mexico’s jazz luminaries, including the late Arlen Asher, Dimi DiSanti, John Trentacosta, John Rangel, Jim Ahrend, Lewis Winn, and many others, as well as being half of the duo Resonance with tuba player Mark Weaver, one of Albuquerque’s finest low brass improvisors. Littlefield also opened for NEA Jazz Master, Sheila Jordan at Outpost Performance Space as well as for Mose Allison at the 6th Annual NM Jazz Festival and has both curated and performed at the New Mexico Jazz Workshop’s Women’s Voices several times over the years. She currently hosts “All That Jazz” on KUNM 89.9 FM every Wednesday at 12:30pm, which she has done for several years.