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Pamela Rose, Wild Women of Song

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How would you describe your music?

Mainstream jazz and blues.

What is your role in your band? In the studio? In business or marketing decisions?

Band Leader - Co-producer. While I invite a healthy amount of input from my musicians, I do always have a strong sense of how I think it should sound. Marketing, business, bookings, thta's the job we all hate, but it does seem that if you are promoting something you believe in, you've got to do it yourself.

Describe your gear.

This new show I'm performing in right now tells the story of the women songwriters of the class jazz and blues era (Alberta Hunter through the early 50's), and we project slides of the women on a screen while I tell stories and we performn their songs. So....these days I need a laptop and projector, and I've never been too proud to haul the p.a. system.

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Do you think being a woman and a musician is different from being a man and a musician? If so, how? Was there a moment that made a difference clear to you?

"It's changed so much since the days I started out, when women were supposed to be 'chick singers' and cook dinner for the guys and clean up after rehearsals. (I kid you not). I used to feel that I had to sing powerful strong songs so as not to get pigeon holed as the 'ballad singer' (chick singer).

My last CD which was about the women jazz composers naturally featured a lot of great women players. I'm happy to report in that I can't close my eyes and say that there's a 'women' style of playing that's qualitatively unique or different than the men's style. We've come a long way, and I work with some pretty bad ass women musicians.

And of course, let's discuss the fact that to have a boyfriend or husband in this business, he better have a good healthy ego, able to handle that you are getting flirted with from stage or off stage. The male musician 'band wives' go to all the gigs, but the husbands don't, for sure. "

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?


It used to be hard to find a really strong woman drummer, now there's scores of young women who are fantastic. and guitarists, too.

I think the men musicians have also become a lot more sensitive - on the band stand, and in terms of process. "

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Did anyone ever give you any valuable advice about making your way in the music industry? What advice would you give to a woman musician just starting out?

"My new show ""Wild Women of Song"" does talk a lot about the unique challenges of having a family and being in music biz. It's hard for anyone to juggle the demands of work chldrend...but so much harder when you are on the road, when you can't promise you'll be there for birthdays or recitals.

And women, I feel, aren't as naturally comfortable promoting themselves as men are - so much of the networking happens from hanging out at parties and in bars, etc. Really difficult on the musician moms, who just can't do those things.

I'm happy to say I've got a wonderful, very supportive, strong minded husband who is not threatened by my lifestyle, and who has had to throw many a birthday party for our kids when I've not been around. "

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

Funny thing - I was always pretty shy; folks that grew up with me are usually pretty surprised when they see me perform as a lead singer. I was always writing and arranging songs, and trying to give them to bands, but when I would sing the song down, I'd be asked to join that band as a singer. So....eventually I just accepted it's a big part of my alter ego.

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