Paula West’s Life In Records

Paula West’s life in records: Aidin Vaziri | Whether steaming up the windows with her take on Cole Porter’s “You’ve Got That Thing” or transforming Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are a-Changin’ ” into a jazz waltz, San Francisco singer Paula West’s adventurous performances are matched only by her impeccable taste in source material. West returns to the Rrazz Room at the Hotel Nikko with the George Mesterhazy Quartet for a six-week engagement beginning Tuesday, and she is sure to pull out more surprises in the set list. “We might be doing the same songs, but they’re different every night,” she says of the group, which includes New York musicians Mesterhazy on piano, Barak Mori on bass, Jerome Jennings on drums and Ed Cherry on guitar. “We’re always turning around, looking at each other and going, ‘Wow!’ ” To prepare for the residency, we asked West to give us a peek into her eclectic record collection. Read more.


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