The Paula Clare Band (PCB) features the vocals of Paula Clare Ciminero and her band, performing old-school blues, R&B, soul and danceable grooves.
When PAULA CLARE takes the stage to sing, the dynamic entertainer has a unique appeal and boundless energy that creates a non-stop, spellbinding, positive party groove. Creative expression is the common thread binding together all the elements of Paula’s colorful career. Trained at Second City Improv in Chicago, she began as an actress on stage, radio, television and film, first in Chicago and later, in Los Angeles. She’s appeared in features, made-for-TV movies and episodic television as well as countless ads and commercials. But the role that got her the most “exposure” (if you’ll excuse the expression) was her body-double for actress Havilland Morris in “Sixteen Candles.” As Paula says, “I’m forever known as the “girl in the shower.”
These days, Paula entertains as a vocalist, singing in various musical projects—whether it’s her singer-songwriter showcase of classic and original compositions, PAULA CLARE MUSIC; or singing and playing keyboards with honky-tonk and roots rock band BISCUIT CITY; or with her blues, R&B and funky soul-jazz group, the PAULA CLARE BAND.
The band is MARK VINBURY, guitar; JOHN DEBOSSU, bass; and RICK COUTO /BRO DUNN, drums and JOE PARILLO on piano . The band usually performs with Paula as a four-piece, classic, Chicago-style blues band, but is also available as a five-piece with keyboards, and can add horn players if you’re looking for a BIG sound. The musicians have all played together in various bands for more than three decades and have developed a familiarity and ease that translates into a tight rhythm section with high energy and liberal amounts of relaxed, swinging fun. Combined with Paula’s great singing and her unique ability to connect with an audience, the PAULA CLARE BAND is a group that can either give you a low key atmosphere with songs from the American Songbook or lay down a groove to fill the dance floor.
The PAULA CLARE BAND, a jazz oriented blues/R&B. With Paula's ensemble of experienced and seasoned jazz musicians, you'll hear a different take on everything from Cole Porter to Bobby Caldwell to even more modern versions of these American songbook tunes. When the occasion allows, the band can bump it up to more danceable tunes to keep a party like atmosphere. Or they can bring it down for a more low key feeling. Paula sings everything from Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Amy Winehouse, Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Patsy Cline and many more of her favorite vocalists.