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Jonathan Joins Pacific Coast Jazz

San Diego-based Record Label, Pacific Coast Jazz, Signs Bay Area Vocalist, Jonathan Poretz Agreement anticipates the release of Poretz' solo recording, "A Lot of Livin' To Do" San Diego, CA Oct 31, 2006 San Diego- based independent record label, Pacific Coast Jazz, today announced the signing of San Francisco-based jazz vocalist, Jonathan Poretz. The agreement anticipates the release of Poretz’ solo recording, "A Lot of Livin’ To Do," slated for a street date of January 16, 2007. “The quality of Jonathan’s work and his unique voice is outstanding,” says Donna Nichols, founder and president of Pacific Coast Jazz. “This recording is exceptional and well produced. It fits perfectly in the stable of product we like to be involved in.” Nichols’ label also will handle artist management services for Poretz and will provide him access to national media buying. "A Lot of Livin’ To Do" is self-produced and arranged along with Lisa Baney on production and Lee Bloom arranging. It features an all-star band, including legendary Count Basie drummer Harold Jones and San Francisco reed player Noel Jewkes, who back Poretz on jazz standards ranging from hard-swinging, scat- infused numbers to beautiful, smoky ballads. “Poretz’ superb musicality, solid jazz chops and unique gift for interpreting a lyric make this a powerful album, filled with new interpretations and arrangements of some of the best songs ever written. Lovers of The Great American Songbook will want to take notice,” says Nichols. Blending the swinging vocal stylings of Sinatra, Torme, Bennett and Darin, Jonathan is equally comfortable performing with a trio or a 17-piece big band, putting his own unique stamp on every song he sings and every story he tells through the great American standard songbook. The Rat Pack Is Back Jonathan has been appearing as Frank Sinatra in the “The Rat Pack Is Back” in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Boston and Memphis. He also appears regularly at various Bay Area venues, including LJ’s Martini Club, Jazz @ Shanghai 1930 and Le Colonial. He is also a regular vocalist with the Harold Jones Boss Men big band, led by legendary drummer Harold Jones, the beat behind Count Basie in the ‘70s and Sarah Vaughan in the ‘80s, and currently on tour with Tony Bennett. Past appearances with the Boss Men included performances at the Russian River and Calistoga Jazz Festivals. About Pacific Coast Jazz Pacific Coast Jazz, founded in 2003, is a boutique jazz label that also offers artist management services. Their catalogue also includes the recordings of jazz flutist, Bradley Leighton and jazz vocalist Sherri Roberts. Donna Nichols, the label’s founder and president, is formerly a successful communications executive in the biotech industry. “The label has allowed me to follow my passion for music and draw upon all of my experience in the corporate world,” says Nichols. Website: PCJ Artists All artists on the Pacific Coast Jazz label have access to Pacific Coast Jazz’s distribution channel, Big Daddy Music in the United States. The label is currently looking for distribution in other countries of the world. For interviews with Pacific Coast Jazz or Jonathan Poretz, please contact Pacific Coast Jazz. Website: Pacific Coast Jazz Donna Nichols email: phone: 619-405-3900

Who Is Jonathan Poretz?

     Some say he was born with a microphone in his hand.  That would explain why Pacific Coast Jazz artist Jonathan Poretz is so comfortable performing his brand of great American jazz standards to audiences large and small. 

     He has written and starred in several highly acclaimed shows, including "Sex, Swagger & Swing: Sinatra and Darin in the Concert That Never Was," and "Sinatra, Dino, Darin and Davis -- When Vegas Was VEGAS!", which made its bi-coastal debut at Feinstein’s at the Nikko in San Francisco and Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City.

     His latest jazz CD, At Last… Songs For Elena, is scheduled for release on the Pacific Coast Jazz label in September 2018.

Sex, Swagger & Swing Promo

When Vegas Was VEGAS! Promo

Where He'll Be

  • January 31, 2020
    Club Deluxe, San Francisco, CA
  • March 6, 2020
    Top Of The Mark - Mark Hopkins Hotel, SF, San Francisco
  • March 7, 2020
    Top Of The Mark - Mark Hopkins Hotel, SF, San Francisco

Where He's Been

    * Feinstein's at the Nikko, San Francisco

    * Feinstein's/54 Below, New York City

    * SFJazz, San Francisco

    * The Sound Room, Oakland, CA

    * Yoshi's, Oakland, CA

    * Yoshi's, San Francisco

    * Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley, CA

    * Lesher Center, Walnut Creek, CA

    * Bankhead Theater, Livermore, CA  

    * Firehouse Theater, Pleasanton, CA

    * Montgomery Theater, San Jose, CA

    * Grand Theater, Tracy, CA

    * The Arkley Theater, Eureka, CA

    * The Rrazz Room, San Francisco

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