PAULA HARRIS & souled Out

"The hottest horn band dishing out jazzy funk and blues in the South!"

an evening in december

"The Must-See holiday show of the year, It's jam packed full of soul and Christmas Cheer!"

In a world where nutcrackers, classical programs and shows for children frequently abound during the Christmas Season....haven't you as an adult ever wished there was something for you with a little more “oompf”? That is exactly what you get when a performer with one of the strongest voices and most dynamic stage personalities turns her talents to one big soul packed Christmas show.

“An Evening In December” is a holiday journey that will take you

from moving spiritual Christmas numbers to lighthearted impudent

favorites. This concert makes deliberate effort to stay away from the

“Children” aspect of the Christmas season. And while it IS targeted

at a more mature and musically discerning audience, the show is

suitable for all ages.

“And Evening in December” Features the soulful vocals of Paula

featured on fantastic arrangements from titans in the music

industry. Expect to hear the Luther Vandross/Marcus Miller version

of "My Favorite Things", An Anita Baker styled "I'll Be Home For

Christmas" A stunningly beautiful Patti LaBelle holiday Ballad

"Christmasing With You", Ledisi's arrangement of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", Plus

other jazz, blues and soul holiday favorites as well as moving "Christmas" songs, "Mary Did You

Know", "Bethlehem Morning", "Oh Holy Night" and even a few originals. 

"An Evening In December" is  thoughtful collection of everyone's favorite sounds of the season the must see Christmas show of the year!

Paula Harris Stood out among the Bay Area's best as one of the most

unique and funky blues sounds to come from Northern California.

After bursting onto the scene in 2012 with recognition at the Interna-

tional Blues Challenge as one of the top three bands in the world, her

debut album's horns were born from members “Tower of Power” and

heavily influenced by her love of Funk, Jazz, and Soul Blues. They re-

ceived multiple blues and music award nods as well as international

attention and airplay in 2013. Since then, Her world class bands have

earned the reputation for delivering grooves that dares her audience

not to move. Their performances combine ingenious musicianship and

complex arrangements with catchy hooks that are simple enough to

allow anyone to enjoy. The rhythm section and horns dig deep to create

a  modern and outside the box approach to Blues. Members of her new

East Coast Band teach their instrument and/or are band leaders in their

own right. They come together for a WOW factor not usually seen. Their shows use a matrix of original tunes fused with unique, and unexpected cover arrangements. THIS is what the phrase “Cooking with Grease” is all about! Paula's immense range, power and control over her vocals kick the whole sound into overdrive. The band dishes up their original funky blues, mixed with Soul and R&B covers as well as Beach Music, Swinging Jazz and Motown. 



"A mix of traditional and modern Jazz, Soul, Funk & Blues in a show that's elegant, provocative, dynamic, and downright sexy!" ( Optional sax and guitar available) 

Bonafide began when Paula and Bassist, Mike Frost teeamed up for the first time.  Their musical chemistry blew everyone away. The act is a blend of Modern and Traditional Jazz & Blues mixed with a heaping side of Soul , R&B and Funk! The format features original tunes as well as elegant
selections from the Great American songbook paired with Impudent songs from chanteuses of the 40's to 60's right up to everyone's favorite soul from the 60's to the
80's. They even have what they love to call "The Great American
Songbook PART TWO. Bonafide delights in the unexpected. Much
like "Stuff" from the 70's, Anita Baker in the 80's and "Post Modern 
Jukebox"currently, they definitely have their own sound .  You'll be 
delighted with the Classic Jazz numbers given modern grooves,
Soul given a Jazzy twist, passionate  blues and beautiful ballads 
from a truly outstanding vocalist. Paula has an onstage persona
both witty and mischevious as well as at times, even hilarious, 
rounding out the show with a humorous element  that compliments 
the slick and sly vibe of the show. Mike keeps the groove going
with his creative use of the bass, where he not only lays down
the groove people expect from the instrument, but he often takes
the solos normally reserved for higher instruments. And he is
equally at home doing either. Hazen Bannister, Music professor at 
Clemson University and founding member of "The Swinging
Medallions" exclaimed "That was some next level stuff! They made Mustang Sally sound like something the Yellowjackets would do!" It's sophisticated without being too serious, and is a fan 
and festival favorite. The 4 piece of piano, bass, drums and vocals with an option to add a sax and or
guitar also makes it a very versatile group capable of serving almost any size event.


coming soon, a new show!


"She Swings Blue"

A Tribute to the music of Dinah Washington

Dinah Washington, musical pioneer and ahead of her time! "She Swings Blue" presents the enormous scope of Dinah's music with equal attention to both the jazz and blues hits. Their approach was "If Dinah were alive and doing a greatest hits show- what would she do?" The result is a collection of both traditional and creatively reimagined arrangements of Dinah's well-known songs, mixed with some of the less famous, but more personal tunes that were the soundtrack for one of the 50's most iconic ladies of song.  It's  impudent, jazzy, swinging and full of blues!