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A Night of Brazilian Jazz Featuring PAULA HANKE and friends Fri Nov 21st 2014 at 8:00pm

Take a trip down to Brazil with us for a beautiful night of Jobim favorites and lesser-known gems made famous by Stan Getz, Elis Regina and Astrud Gilberto. 

Great music for listening and dancing !!!

Tickets:  $15

(Special Deal:  Musicians who have played White Horse in the past can attend this show for $5 and bring one guest for the $5 price as well)

The lead vocalist for tonight's Brazilian journey is the fabulous Paula Hanke.   Paula  is a versatile talent who has garnered quite a following throughout Western North Carolina and we're excited to bring her back to the White Horse stage.   She wowed us last year with her tribute to Billie Holiday and Lester Young.   She's also appeared with the BJ Leiderman Band at White Horse where she showed her vocal prowess on R&B, Soul, Rock and Classic Pop.
She returns to White Horse to sing her favorites by the great Brazilian jazz master,  Jobim. You will also hear the classic hits made famous by Stan Getz, Elis Regina and Astrud Gilberto as well as lesser-known exquisite gems.

Appearing with Paula is  supporting cast of top jazz musicians from throughout our area including

Michael Jefry Stevens- piano
Frank Southecorvo- tenor sax
Zack Page- bass
Benjamin Pearce Bjorlie- drums
Tony Godwin- guest guitar

More About Paula Hanke:

Paula Hanke is a seasoned performer with a professional career spanning over 30 years, including performances from Atlantic City to TV’s Star Search to New York’s Bitter End, and appearances from Las Vegas to Tokyo, Japan. Hanke has contributed vocals to CD's produced by Capitol Records and We 'B' Records.

Hanke's writing for her debut cd titled ‘The Only Voice’ began emerging in 2009. Graciously and vibrantly talented, Paula Hanke sings just about every style of music imaginable and was curious what would come into fruition if allowed the time to write and nurture her own music. Hanke posed the question: “What would I have to say and how would my voice sound saying it?”

‘The Only Voice’ is the answer to this question.

"What emerged is deeply heart- connected, empowering and uplifting. The messages of the songs evolved by sitting very quietly and listening to my heart”, reflects Hanke. Melody and harmony driven, Hanke is influenced by songwriters and artists like James Taylor (whom she opened for in 2007), Sting and early Jonatha Brook. Paula eloquently transposes what she feels when she listens to their music into her own musical expression and journey.

Early developmental vocal influences that inspired Hanke include Roberta Flack, Luther Vandross and Gladys Knight to her current favorites, Susan Tedeschi and Lizz Wright which Hanke vigorously incorporates with vocals that span clear and tender to soulful and sultry.

On her new CD, Paula collaborates with some of Asheville’s finest musicians, from Grammy-winning bassist Eliot Wadopian,Chris Rosser and River Guerguerian of Free Planet Radio, to Jacob Rodriguez, who plays sax with Grammy-winning singer Michael Buble.

The title cut of the CD 'The Only Voice', encourages that we make our life-decisions based on our own gut-feelings, defying authority and the often misguided voices of our parents and religion. 'It's such a difficult thing to do when you have very strong moral consequences conflicting with what feels 'right'. An example is from the lyrics from the title song ‘The Only Voice’ - 'And it's telling me to fly. It's sayin' - Be bold, be brave, be wise. Cause it's safe, to listen to my own voice. It's the only choice; the only voice.'

'Columbus Street' was written after being contacted on Facebook by an old friend, after 15 years. 'This hadn't been a romantic connection, but I spiced it up and turned it into one. In the song, the lovers meet unexpectedly on the street, barely recognizing each other after 20 years.'

‘The Only Voice’ was produced by Robert George & Paula Hanke and was recorded, engineered and mixed at the Sound Temple Studios in Asheville.

 'With a strong, emotive voice, and obviously deep understanding of vocal dynamics and a refreshingly intriguing approach to her delivery, singer/songwriter Paula Hanke has released a debut album that is remarkably eclectic and deeply heartfelt.'   -   Brent Fleury- Bold Life magazine

CLICK HERE to visit Paula Hanke's website