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, who influenced her 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 and improvisation. Her grandmother sang and played
the piano and organ by ear and was inspired by Peggy Lee, Connie Francis and Ray Charles. By listening to her grandmother, she began to
simulate some voicings she heard in the music.
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 Areajam sessions and shows at Yoshi's Jazz Houseand Bluesville, an Oakland, CA and other music venues around SF Bay Area. Trish took beginning piano and jazz appreciation at Santa RosaJunior College and attended Jazz Camp
West, where she met and worked with jazz musicians and teachers Bennett Friedman, Jay Clayton, Rhiannon, Rufus Reid and Faith Winthrop.She took courses at theJazzSchool Conservatory inBerkeley, CA and studied improvisation with famed Jazz Guitarist, Mimi Fox and
studied Speech Level Singing technique with Dave Stroud.
Trish began teaching a few private students in 1998 at her home studio in Santa Rosa, CA. Later she taught at local music stores in the North San Francisco Bay area. In 2000, she formed theJazz Vocal Forum which is a repertoire practice group where singers rehearse new material and offer and receive support and feedback and work with live piano accompaniment. In 1999 Trish opened Jazz Jam Cafe' an intimate concert room that featured the music of local San Francisco Bay Area Jazz Artists live in concert and sold CD's of their music.