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Bucks Students to Perform “Spring Awakening”

Taylor Sole

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Bucks will be welcoming Philadelphia-based Jazz vocalist Joanna Pascale for a live performance on April 6 at 7:30pm on the Newtown Campus.

Joanna attended Temple University and is currently staff at Temple as a music professor. She also teaches at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been featured on two of Temple University’s CD releases, including the Temple University Jazz Band’s to Thad Jones, entitled: To Thad With Love.

Joanna is described on her website ( as “a singer of sophisticated taste, profound expressiveness, and raw emotion.” Her music is full of deep, emotional connections and intimate lyrics. About her music, Joanna states “If I don’t connect with a lyric, I can’t sing the song.”

Her newest album entitled “Wildflower” has received wonderful reviews among the Washington Post, All About Jazz Review and Icon Magazine. Mike Joyce, writer at the Washington Post states “Joanna Pascale isn’t the sort of jazz vocalist who draws attention to herself at the expense of a lyric…she also doesn’t settle for songs whose words don’t deserve the attention… Her real gift is storytelling, not improvisation, and she puts that talent to splendid use.” The music on Wildflower is supported by a terrific band lead by pianist Orrin Evans, and features Jazz artists Christian McBride, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Gregoire Maret, Bilal, and Cyrus Chestnut.

Wildflower is an album Joanna explains is very personal to her, and encompasses the recent changes in her lifestyle. She previously was employed as a performer at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, but after leaving that long-term gig, she wrote Wildflower, an act lead by her desire to follow a more personal path.

The April 6 performance will be taking place at the Zlock Performing Arts Center at the Bucks Newtown Campus and is expected to last until 9:30 PM. The concert is free admission for BCCC students, and general admission for other guests is priced at $10. VIP tickets (including a meet & greet with Joanna) are $25.


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