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Patti Austin: Lady Be Good

Patti Austin
Patti Austin

Everything about veteran vocalist Patti Austin seems larger than life. Once you’ve seen, heard or met Austin, you don’t soon forget her. Her sense of humor is outsized, her personal presence powerful, her frequent laughter infectious, her opinions unshakeable, and the lady is as voluble a talker as she is talented in singing. Her musical beginnings are also auspicious. The daughter of a trombonist and a singer, Austin can claim both the late Dinah Washington and prolific Quincy Jones as her godparents. She first aired her vocal talents at age 5 and has been performing jazz, pop and R&B in public ever since.

Austin’s musical abilities are prodigious and well documented, encompassing 19 solo albums and countless appearances on pop, jazz and R&B recordings since the ’70s. She’s charted pop hits on her own and with James Ingram, Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson and others. Further, her powerful yet velvety warm pipes have embellished numerous advertising jingles, and Austin has consistently toured around the world performing in concerts and theatrical works, and she’s even appeared in such films as Tucker: The Man and His Dream and on the tv sitcom For Your Love.

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