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January 2011
Named "2010 NW Vocalist of the Year" by Earshot Jazz!!!

A HUGE honor to receive this award again!  Many  thanks to the entire music community!  I

October 2010 

SoulTracks Reader's Choice Awards nomination

Pleased to have been nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year in the 2010 SoulTracks Reader's Choice Awards!  Sharing this honor with some pretty amazing ladies!  Information and complete list of nominees in all categories here.  Good luck, everyone!

September 2010 

Music community loses saxophone legend Hadley Caliman

Saddened by the loss of  wonderful musician and friend, Hadley Caliman but so extremely grateful

for the opportunity to have known him and shared music together.  More on Hadley's life and music here.

August 2010 

On the road again!  LA, Sacramento, Chicago

Heading out for a month--looking forward to making music with old and new friends. Scheduled appearances include KKJZ Jazz Brunch at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, Jazz Brasserie at Crowne Plaza LAX , Herb Alpert's Vibrato Jazz Grill in Bel Air, Alva's Showroom, San Pedro, a house concert and private engagements in Sacramento and ending the month in Chicago at the beautiful, historic Regal Theater. Hope to see you!

July 2010 

Here in the Moment receives four stars from Downbeat Magazine

Very honored!  Check out excerpt of  a two-album review here.

June 2010 

Jazz Alley appearance with Bobby Caldwell

Enojoyed performing with R&B/jazz artist Bobby Caldwell.  This duet number was so much fun!

 

April 2010  Seattle times feature  

Had a lovely time being interviewed for an article in the Times.  More here.

March 2010  "Here in the Moment" on SoulTracks Top 10 Sales Chart! 

Every month SoulTracks website posts Top 10 major label and independent soul music CDs based on sales at Amazon.com and CD Baby.  This month,  Here in the Moment shares the honor with artists like Sade,

Maze, Maysa and Corrine Bailey Rae! 

www.soultracks.com/top10

 

March 2010

"Here in the Moment" CD at #5 on March 8 JazzWeek national airplay chart!

After debuting on the national jazz airplay charts at the # 9 position, "Here in the Moment"  is currently at #5 as reported by JazzWeek as reported for the week of March 8, 2010.  

December 2009

Grammy nomination for Colabs CD !

Colabs"CD makes the final five for Best Surround Sound Album !  This project is the brainchild of producer, surround sound engineer David Miles Huber (51bpm.com) with each track showcasing Dave's work in collaboration with various artists from diverse genres including Allen Hart, DJ Muad'Deep, Seren Wen, Musetta, Henta Ellis, Marcell Marias, and me, singing a duet withDave on "Summertime".   Congrats, Dave!  Congratulations are also in order for Henta, whose "Laserium for the Soul" CD earned a nomination in the New Age category. (Go girl!)  Best of luck to you both in January!

November 2009  Motion Picture Song Placement !

Song entitled “Lucky Me” aka “Everyone Can See,” by talented Seattle composers Ken Morrison and Mark Reiman and sung my me, is featured very briefly in the just-released Colin Firth–Julianne Moore film A Single Man.  This song will also be featured in a remake of the 1970's hit movie The Mechanic starring Jason Statham.  Nice going, Ken and Mark!                                                  

October 2009 

January release set for "Here in the Moment" CD on Origin/OA2 Records!

I'm having a fantastic time finishing up a brand new project!  Working with wonderful musicians Randy  Halberstadt, Darin Clendenin, Jeff Johnson, Clipper Anderson and Mark Ivester is always a huge inspiration!  Please stay tuned for details!

June 2009

Origin/OA2 Records wins 2009 JazzWeek Record Label of the Year !

Seattle’s Origin/OA2 Records was recognized as the 2009 Jazz Label of the Year at the JazzWeek Awards, held June 20th in Rochester, NY, during the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. The JazzWeek awards are voted on by several hundred members of the jazz industry including radio program directors, disc jockeys, program syndicators, satellite and cable broadcasters, record labels and promoters.  JazzWeek’s Ed Trefzger presented the award to Origin’s John Bishop during the JazzWeek Conference.  Also nominated in the Label category were Concord Records, Palmetto, Sunnyside, Heads Up, and HighNote Records.  Congrats to the whole Origin/OA2 team!

February 2009

Romantic Music Elicits Proposal at Valentine's concert!!!

Before this concert at Pacific Lutheran University, I pulled out my camera and snapped a few pictures of the incredible pipe organ in the Lagerquist Hall chapel so. David (Joyner, pianist, arranger, producer of the concert) saw the camera and asked me if I could keep it onstage during the concert becuase---"You may want to use it during the concert...."  I didn't have much time to to give much thought to this mysterious request, because we started soon after that. David and Doug (Miller, bass) sounded wonderful together in their opening number and then singer Dennis Hastings and I had a blast alternating songs.  At the end of the concert, David stepped up to the mic, proposed to his fiancee, ran off the stage into the audience where she was sitting and dropped down on one knee. There were cheers, tears, applause and congratulations all around and this was the absolute highlight of the evening.  Hmm, David--how are you going to top this next year?

December 2008

Nomination for 2008 "NW Vocalist of the Year" by Earshot Jazz!!!

June 2008

"Art Zone in Studio" TV appearance

June 19th, Seattle Channel 21, Gail performs with Randy Halberstadt on "Art Zone In Studio" hosted by television personality Nancy Guppy. This issue allso features bronze sculptor, Edward Trobec, avant-garde composer Glenn Branca,  presents "Hallucination City"(50 electric guitars!) and introduces brand new City Arts monthly magazine!  Click here and scroll down to "6/19 episode" to watch:  seattlechannelartzone.com

May 2008

Colabs CD released

"Colabs "  features electronic, chill and downtempo collaborations between various artists from North America, the UK, and Europe.  Says producer Dave Huber, "The idea behind colabs is simple... each song is a colaboration between David Miles Huber and a different artist from north america, the uk and europe. The songs are innovative and diverse in style and include original compositions, as well as re-works of rock and traditional jazz standards" I had fun teaming up with Dave for a vocal duet on "Summertime" on Track 7--definitely a departure from the jazz idiom but very, very enjoyable!  Check out Dave's website for more information: 51bpm.com


Gail PettisJanuary 2008

Earshot Jazz Award

Awarded "2007 NW Vocalist of the Year"
by Earshot Jazz!!!

January 2008

"May I Come In?  CD featured on "Baile Dos Bombeiros"

in Radio Universitaria do Minho in Portugal.  (listen )

December 2007

Earshot Jazz Nominations

"May I  Come In?" CD nominated 2007 "NW Recording

of the Year" by Earshot Jazz!!!  Gail is also nominated for

2007 "NW Vocalist of the Year".

January 2007

Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone a wonderful 2007 filled with lots and lots of music!!!

All smiles after performing with the Overton Berry Quartet at the Sorrento Hotel.

L-R:  Art Foxall, Rick Spano, Mike Etchyson, Overton Berry

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