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Paula Atherton

Sax player/vocalist and songwriter Paula Atherton has shared the stage with such contemporary jazz notables as The Rippingtons, Nick Colionne, Chuck Loeb, Cindy Bradley, Karen Briggs, Althea Renee, Rick Braun, Four80East, David Sanborn, Bob James, Marc Antoine, Hiroshima, Gerald Albright and Chieli Minucci. Paula has also worked in the traditional jazz field; one of the notable performances being a week long engagement at the Blue Note NYC with pianist and jazz legend, Hank Jones. . Paula also performed with Grammy award winning singer Dee Dee Bridgewater at the Annenberg Theater, for the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival.

Paula’s 3rd CD, “Enjoy the Ride,” had 2 Billboard charting singles. The first penned and co-produced by Nick Colionne, entitled, “Sassy Strut,” reached #15 on Billboard, and was on the chart for 15 weeks. The second was the Herbie Mann influenced flute feature entitled, “Herbie,” which reached #22 and was on Billboard for 7 weeks.

Paula released her 4th CD titled, “Ear Candy” on February 17th, 2015 on the Kalimba Music label, owned by Earth, Wind and Fire. Special guests include Nick Colionne, Cindy Bradley, and Gail Jhonson, The single “Between You & Me”, featuring Cindy Bradley on trumpet, reached #21 on Billboard.

Her television work includes appearances on the Today show, Good Morning America, and Rachel Ray, with Michael Bolton, Paula also wrote the score for the independent film ‘The Definition of Insanity’. Paula's current and 5th CD, “Shake It” has many special guests, including Cindy Bradley (trumpet), Nick Colionne (guitar), Bill Heller (keys) from the Rippingtons, Dave Delhomme (Keys) from the Tonight show band with Ricky Minor and American Idol, Schuyler Deale (bass, co-producer) who performed with Jeff Lorber, among many other great guest artists! The first single, “My Song For You,” written and produced by Nick Colionne, reached #6 on Mediabase, #12 on the Smooth Jazz Network, and #16 on Billboard, and was on Billboard for 12 weeks. Paula was featured on Cindy Bradley’s single on Trippin’ ‘N’ Rhythm entitled, “Girl Talk.” It reached #2 on Billboard Oct 2017.


By popular demand, they're back! Their name “Copacetic” simply means “all is well” or “everything is cool”. That is the goal each time they perform – for those listening to walk away with a great listening experience and feeling that everything is cool, all is well.

The group Copacetic began as a result of friends coming together to help on a “gig”. People listening truly enjoyed what they heard and wanted to know where the group would play next and Copacetic has been accepting engagements since.

With roots in Gospel, Jazz, and Soul, the band works to blend their experiences and musical interest to create a soul-stirring smooth jazz sound that appeals to many. The band members have been friends for years and it shows when they play together. They love to have fun when they perform and their audiences have a great time too.


December 4


The Jazz Alliance is the house band for The Columbus Jazz Alliance and Jazz 98.5 FM, WSAX Radio station, expressly selected to provide accompaniment for our headline artist. This concert features an exceptional and gifted group of musicians:

Ken Weaver - Guitar
Bradley Mellen - Bass
David Swank - Piano/Keys
Rick Soriano - Drums

We're proud to be able to present our Annual Jazz Brew Fundraising concert this year. Because of the COVID-19 health crisis, all patrons, staff, and volunteers are required to provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test in order to attend this indoor event. This is in addition to all persons being required to wear masks indoors at all times.

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