The Summer of Jazz continues at Volcano Art Center at Niaulani Campus on July 2 when the incomparable Pauline Wilson joins Junior Choy and the Volcano Art Center Jazz ensemble for an incredible evening of “hot sultry jazz.” Tickets for this concert are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
Pauline Wilson is an American jazz/pop singer best known as lead vocalist with the jazz/fusion group Seawind in the 1970’s and early 80’s. Born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, she won a Grammy Award in 1979 for her duet “Friends” with George Benson, part of the album In Harmony/A Sesame Street Record and voiced The Fairy on the track “My Fairy In The Crystal Reeds (And Other Frogs)” from Michel Colombier’s album Old Fool Back On Earth. During most of Seawind’s main period of activity, Pauline was married to Bob Wilson, the drummer/main songwriter of the group. As a duo, they released a contemporary Christian album, “Somebody Loves You”, in 1981. She has also released several solo albums. Herb Caen, famed San Francisco columnist, once wrote: “She could sing the “Q” section of the Terre Haute phonebook and tears would well up in my eyes.”
Wilson’s professional debut was with Larry Williams, Kim Hutchcroft, Bud Nuanez, Ken Wild, Jerry Hey and Bob Wilson as the popular Hawaii group called “Ox”. In 1976 they moved to Los Angeles to advance their career and changed the group’s name to “Seawind”. They performed throughout the world and she recorded four albums with them. The next nineteen years were spent performing, doing commercials, touring and recording soundtracks and back-ground vocals as a session artist for the likes of Bruce Hornsby, Bill Medley, Brenda Russell, Michael Colombier, Celine Dion, the Crusaders and many more. Wilson also has toured with Seawind, Boz Scaggs, George Benson, Michael Paulo and the Pauline Wilson Band through the U.S., the Philippines and Asia.
For tickets ($15 advance & $20 day of performance) to Pauline Wilson’s Sultry Jazz performance and any VAC Summer Series concerts, call David Wallerstein at 808-967-8222 or visit Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus, VAC Art Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park; Books, Nooks & Crannies in Hilo or www.volcanoartcenter.org.
Volcano Art Center is a 501©3 nonprofit educational organization created in 1974. VAC promotes, develops, and perpetuates the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawai’i through the arts and education.
Volcano Art Center Offices hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday phone: (808) 967-8222