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Feinstein's at the Nikko Welcomes Paula West, Now thru March 9

Feinstein's at the Nikko Welcomes Paula West, Now thru March 9

Hotel Nikko and Michael Feinstein will welcome renowned San Francisco Bay Area jazz vocalist, Paula West, to Feinstein's at the Nikko for a four-week engagement - tonight, February 13 - March 9, 2014.

Known for her rich, powerful contralto voice, West will present an all-new show featuring an eclectic range of songs - from memorable jazz standards by Cole Porter and Rodgers and Hart, to contemporary American classics by Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones. Accompanied by her four-piece band, West will take San Francisco audiences on a musical journey through the ages.

Tickets for Paula West range in price from $35 - $50 and are available now by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting www.ticketweb.com.

Located within Hotel Nikko (222 Mason Street, San Francisco), Feinstein's at the Nikko presents a wide range of entertainers from stage and screen all within an intimate 140-seat cabaret setting. There is a $20 food and beverage minimum per person inside the showroom which guests can use towards cocktails as well as a variety of small plates crafted exclusively for Feinstein's at the Nikko by Executive Chef Philippe Striffeler, through Restaurant Anzu. Cheese and dessert platters will also be available in the showroom.

The performance schedule for Paula West is as follows:

Thursday, February 13

8 p.m.

Friday, February 14

7 & 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 15

7 p.m.

Sunday, February 16

7 p.m.

Thursday, February 20

8 p.m.

Friday, February 21

8 p.m.

Saturday, February 22

7 p.m.

Sunday, February 23

7 p.m.

Thursday, February 27

8 p.m.

Friday, February 28

8 p.m.

Saturday, March 1

7 & 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 2

NO PERFORMANCE

Thursday, March 6

8 p.m.

Friday, March 7

8 p.m.

Saturday, March 8

7 & 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 9

7 p.m.

Born into a Marine Corps family in San Diego, California, Paula West was initially exposed to classical music. It wasn't until college that West began listening to jazz singers such as Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughn. After college, West moved to San Francisco, unsure of what she wanted to do with her life. Buying old records from thrift shops, she studied them and then began singing classes. As she became more secure in her talent, she ventured into jam sessions, places where an open mike gave her a chance to perform before an audience. It was at one of these sessions that she met a pianist who would join her in the climb to her own musical identity and her musical success. His name was Ken Muir, and he continues as her accompanist today. West went on to study with Faith Winthrop, developing her unique tone and delivery. She learned how to sustain a note without a vibrato, which is now almost a Paula West trademark.

West's critically acclaimed debut CD, "Temptation," was released in 1997, and included classic songs she grew up with, including "You'll See" by Carroll Coates and "Peel Me A Grape" by Dave Frishberg. It was followed by "Restless" (1999) and "Come What May" (2001). West's most recent release is "Live at Jazz Standard" (2012).

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