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Trish Hatley

Trish Hatley
Jazz Vocalist and Musician

Jazz vocalist Trish Hatley is one of the most loved entertainers in the swing scene today. Since performing at her father’s music club “The Quarter Note’ in Anacortes, Washington, Hatley has amassed a loyal following as a solo act, duo and a vocal trio. When she is in her second home of Palm Springs, California, she plays cocktail drums and performs the “Great American Songbook” with Mark Kahny at the legendary Purple Room.

“My parents were professional musicians and raised us playing music 6 days a week,” says Hatley. “As for singing, I kind of just started doing it with my parents. I would get on stage and sing with them. My knees would be knocking with complete fear and I couldn’t see a thing in front of me. I started doing that more and more. I just did it, it felt right, I didn’t question my path.”

With a soaring contralto, Hatley’s voice brings to mind other vocal greats such as Dinah Washington (TK) and Anita O’Day. It’s especially visible as she presents rhythmic numbers from the early to mid-twentieth century. Her styling during a live audience on standards such as Billy Strayhorn’s “Lush Life” or Cole Porter’s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” converts her as a ‘talent to be reckoned with’ (Phil Stout, JazzRadio Berlin). In Hatley’s arrangement and shaping, the melody becomes poignant and lusty.

Hatley’s love of the melodic form began before she was born. Her mother Elly, up until her eight month of pregnancy, played bass guitar. Hatley says ‘I came out swinging!’ My brothers were listening to Jimi Hendrix and I was listening to Stan Getz and Nancy Wilson at 15 with the lights off.”

For music lovers – an expression Hatley uses to refer to her fans lovingly -- they are grateful she choose the artform including Frank B. Foster, conductor and arranger with Count Basie Orchestra. He said of her musicianship, “Ms. Hatley is well gifted with a beautiful voice; to my way of thinking, her diction and enunciation are excellent. (Her) keen harmonic sense is apparent and I admire her ability to play around with melodies. Her rendition of my ‘Shiny Stockings’ is enjoyable in all these respects.”

Her most recent release is a slight departure for Hatley. A passion project, “The Power of Song: Singing Swinging Affirmations,” is an album that Hatley composed and produced herself. Featuring a dozen tunes with titles like “I’m Living in the Positive of Life,” “Attitude of Gratitude,” and “Sing, Ask and It is Given”. Based on Hatley’s affinity for the “laws of attraction,” the musical compositions are crafted to empower others through the power of song and singing.

Admired for her mastery of the swinging standards, Hatley has performed with pop symphonies as a guest including Everett Pop Symphony in her home state of Washington and audiences throughout North America and internationally.

With eight critically acclaimed albums available as CDs and on streaming platforms such as Amazon Music, Spotify and iTunes, her harmony is global. Hatley records solo, with her quintet, and the vocal trio Trish, Hans and Phil.

“This is a lady who can swing like mad, but also had the ability to caress a ballad with the best of them!” - Joseph Lang, Jersey Jazz Magazine.

“(Hatley) does have a clarion voice made to nail standards.” – David Finkle, New York City Critic, Backstage.com.

“On ‘I Remember,’ Hatley takes on 12 American songbook and jazz standards. Hatley brings a knowing understanding to each one, elegantly updating songs like ‘Young and Foolish,’ ‘Shiny Stockings and ‘Mountain Greenery’. There’s a warm maturity in Hatley’s voice and her vibrato and phrasing throughout are top-notch.” - Max Myers, JazzWax.com

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