While she’s been doing other projects—most notably, Resonance with tuba player Mark Weaver, as well as the quartet Woof!—vocalist Patti Littlefield has not fronted her own group in recent years, depriving Albuquerque of its fair share of opportunities to hear her sing jazz and blues. That changes this weekend when she takes the stage backed by guitarist Lewis Winn and bassist Michael Olivola. “These guys are pretty greasy,” she says admiringly. Greasy enough that the trio will go without a drummer. “We’re trying something a little different,” says Littlefield. “Without the drums, the bass takes over. The pockets get deeper, and I like to slide into them.” Look for the trio to serve up “something succulent and juicy,” she adds, with songs old and new.
One Voice Invokes Two More
Patti Littlefield pays tribute to Etta James and Dinah Washington
Vocalist Patti Littlefield can’t recall the song, but she knows who was singing on her mother’s radio. “The first song I remember hearing was Dinah Washington,” she says. “I remember thinking—as a 3-year-old or whatever, I was very, very young—that I wanted to be a singer, because of her vibrato, the way her voice was.”