Rose Mallett Trio with Guitarist Dan Papaila in Palm Springs by Robert Nicosia

Dan Papaila with Rose Mallett

I recently received an email announcing that the superb guitarist, Dan Papaila was appearing with Rose Mallett on Wednesday March 21 at the Escene Golf Club in Palm Springs, Ca. I heard Dan play only once last year but that was enough to make me want to hear more.  Dan’s performance this night was as good or better than I remembered from last year. Dan is widely known in the San Diego area and his talent extends far beyond his wonderful guitar playing. Dan is an author of several instructional guitar books, teaches on line guitar instruction and has produced several award winning CD’s.  His guitar-playing style and sounds remind the listener of the legendary Wes Montgomery. Dan’s latest CD, “Guitar Spoken Here” is a great jazz guitar CD that includes wonderful sounds from Mike Wofford on Piano and Johnny “Hammond” Smith on Hammond Organ and Dan playing a nylon string guitar. You can purchase it from CD Baby and I recommend it highly.I came to the Escene Golf Club tonight to hear Dan but the surprise of the evening was getting to hear Jazz singer,  Rose Mallett. I did not know anything about Rose before this visit but after she sang the first song I had to put her on my entertainer “A” list.  Rose’s voice has what I would describe as a silky and mellow feel. In addition,  Rose Mallet is a real jazz singer singing standards with her own unique interpretations.  I was especially impressed by her great low register that few women singers could match.  And yet, Rose’s voice can also rise several octaves when she wants to. The sound of Rose’s voice reminds me of “Sassy” Sarah Vaughan and her phrasing reminds me of Ella Fitzgerald. The third member of the Trio was Blake White who played Double Bass.  Blake was a perfect complement to Dan’s rich guitar work and Rose’s mellow voice.Rose has a CD out called “Building Dreams” that you can purchase on CD Baby.  The Rose Mallett Trio plays at Escene every Wednesday evening from 5:00pm until 9:00pm and should be on your “To Do” entertainment list.

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