High school led to world stage for Emma Pask

NOT many people get their big musical break while they are still in high school.But for Emma Pask, luck was on her side when she crossed musical paths with James Morrison almost almost two decades ago.

She was 16 and in year 11 at Kirrawee High School when the trumpet maestro hand-picked her to tour with him.

“My teacher had a passion for jazz and encouraged me to sing in front of him at a workshop,” said Ms Pask, who grew up in Como.

“He pulled me on stage at a performance that night and I sung two songs with him that I hadn’t sung before.”

She stayed at school to complete her HSC and toured throughout years 11 and 12 with the jazz instrumentalist.

After graduating, she continued to perform with Morrison, recording albums and touring Australia and overseas.

“We have performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London with the BBC Concert Orchestra and with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in China,” Ms Pask said.

Fast forward to today and Ms Pask, 34, is still singing with Morrison and writing her own tunes too.

The jazz singer has produced and fully funded her third album, Some Other Spring, that highlights her favourite cover songs.

“All the jazz tracks have fresh arrangements,” she said.

“I still do gigs with James and he is always encouraging me to try new things.”

Ms Pask will be joined by her musical trio when she is at the Brass Monkey at 7pm tonight.

She will perform tracks from her latest album.

Details: emmapask.com