Journal of the San Juan Islands


And all that jazz

August 7, 2013 · Updated 3:31 PM

Greta Matassa / Contributed photo

Seattle’s Greta Matassa may just be the greatest jazz singer you’ve never heard.

If so, here’s your chance.

Matassa will step into the spotlight of San Juan Community Theatre stage Saturday, Aug. 10, to deliver a sure-fire scintillating performance, beginning at 8 p.m.

Renowned for a unique versatility and her smooth vocals, Matassa has been named “Northwest Vocalist of the Year” six times over the past 15 years by Earshot, Seattle’s premier jazz magazine. Her vocals have been compared to those of numerous famed jazz singers, including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday and Sarah Vaughn. She’s been proclaimed a “Seattle treasure” by The Seattle Times, which also noted that Matassa, “can give Ms. Streisand a run for it!”

Raised in a household with jazz-loving parents and plenty of jazz music around the house, Matassa’s fascination with musical genre began at an early age. A self-taught vocalist, she has released eight CDs over the course of her career, including “I Wanna be Loved”, produced by Resonance Records, which became a fixture at the top of the national jazz charts and was regularly featured on jazz radio stations for nearly three months.

“I really liked the music from the ‘30s and ‘40s… early Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday,” Matassa says. “I used to listen to a lot of Fred Astaire, and a lot of Frank Sinatra.”

The theatre’s business partner for the Matassa concert is Robert Hare Stavers Photography. Tickets, $26 for adults, $13 for student reserved, $5 student RUSH (day of the show) are available at the theatre box office, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, or online at, www.sjctheatre.org.


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