Since emerging onto Philadelphia’s jazz scene, Pascale has established herself as a compelling and skilled vocalist. “Joanna is a highly sophisticated singer,” claims Philadelphia Metro. She has a working repertoire of over four hundred songs and has appeared and recorded with jazz giants such as trumpeter and Director of Jazz Studies at Temple University, Terell Stafford; sax pyrotechnic and critic’s rave, Tim Warfield; legendary drummer, Mickey Roker, piano virtuoso, Cyrus Chestnut and others. She performs three nights a week with her quintet at the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia. In August 2006, she was selected for the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour roster. On top of a busy performing and recording schedule, the Temple alum is also a member of the vocal faculty at Temple University. She teaches private voice and ensemble lessons, as well as conducts performance practices and workshops.
According to All Music Guide, “She not only has solid vocal chops; she has soul.” Her first recording, When Lights are Low, was met with much critical acclaim.
This and other accolades helped nudge Pascale back to the studio for her 2008 release of Through My Eyes. Selecting relatively obscure works from the 1920s-1960s, Pascale’s group includes her working band that includes, Tim Warfield, saxophones; Andrew Adair, piano; Madison Rast, bass; and drummer Dan Monaghan.
Pascale began her musical education as a listener.
“I gravitated to Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Scott albums,” recalls Pascale. “I memorized these songs as if they were a part of my generation’s popular music.” “When I started going to jam sessions, singers would always perform the same couple of songs,” stated Pascale.“It would amaze me that gems like Serenade in Blue or Once In a While, for example, would fall through the cracks.
I made it my mission to learn these under performed standards, and to search for other songs that I felt should be remembered.” What really sets Pascale apart from other vocalists, though, is not just her repertoire, but also her musicianship. She has gained the admiration of some prominent musicians.
“Joanna Pascale is one of the new ‘rising stars’ of her generation. With her vast knowledge of the Great American Songbook, she exudes a musical elegance very reminiscent of many past legends in the jazz vocal tradition, embracing an idea not exemplified by many of her contemporaries. Quite clearly she is not just another chick singer but rather a jazz vocalist whose level of musicality acutely defines who she is stylistically.” – Tim Warfield