Trish grew up listening to all styles of music.  At the age of 10, her favorite Country artists were Ray Charles, Roger Miller & Johnny Cash.  Her sister played a lot of R&B & "Motown," especially artists like The Four Tops, The Temptations, Smoky Robinson & Steve Wonder, whose influences affected her interest in Soul Music and The Blues. Trish began learning guitar chords and a few melody lines and she started to accompany herself learning folk songs of Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt & Laura Nyro. 

Her mother had a satiny Sarah Vaughan style contralto voice and from her she learned concepts like phrasing, timing, lyrical expressions and improvisation. Her grandmother sang and played the piano and organ by ear. By listening to her grandmother, she began to simulate some voicings she heard in the music. Her mother's influence exposed her to Jazz which would become the most important musical genre to her.  

Moving to the West Coast in the latter 80's introduced Trish to KJAZ" which was at the time, the premier San Francisco Jazz station. Listening to jazz was extraordinarily challenging and very compelling and the most musically inspiring to date. Her brother, began making audio cassettes for her of compilations of the history of jazz, which included many instrumental groups and vocalists. 

Trish tuned into the local SF jazz scene and she began attending Bay Area jam sessions and shows at Yoshi's Jazz House and many other music venues around SF Bay Area. Trish took beginning piano and jazz appreciation at Santa Rosa Junior College and attended Jazz Camp West, where she met and worked with vocal teachers Jay Clayton, Rhiannon and Faith Winthrop. She took courses at the Jazz School Conservatory in Berkeley, CA and studied improvisation with Mimi Fox and studied Speech Level Singing technique with Dave Stroud.  

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