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Heather Paterson / Balcony Cabaret Series
August 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Heather Paterson studied music at SMU where she received a degree in vocal performance and pedagogy. After graduation she taught voice in the Dallas area and performed with several jazz-pop groups. She then added a second career in pediatric nursing. In the pursuit and practice of this endeavor she has earned two Associate Degrees, one Bachelor Degree, and her Masters Degree in Science and Nursing while accumulating a more than twenty five years career at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.
Most of this has been in the Intensive Care Unit. She currently is Nurse Practitioner for Palliative Care and Chair of the Nurses Peer Review Committee at Children’s and is one of only 69 nurses in the USA certified in pediatric hospice and palliative care (CHPPN). In the mid ‘80s she resumed her musical career as cofounder of The Straight Ahead® Jazz Quintet (aka Straight Ahead®) with saxophonist Walter Pearson and pianist Jody Binford. In addition to the Straight Ahead®, Heather freelances with other jazz groups and local big bands. She has been a featured individual performer at the Sammons Center Jazz Series and was honored in being named that organization’s Jazz Artist of the Year for 2011 and has conducted forums for the vocal division of the Department of Jazz Studies at UNT. With the band she performs at corporate events, private parties and area restaurant/clubs. The group has played at the WinStar Casino and at jazz festivals in Corpus Christi and Lake Texhoma, the Dallas Jazz Society’s Salute to Duke Ellington, The Denton Arts and Jazz Fest, Fort Worth’s Main Street Art Fest and the Taste of Dallas in The West End.The band’s name says it all about its favorite jazz form. Heather’s inspirations are the famed practitioners of the Great American Song Book and most particularly the late Ella Fitzgerald.