Jazz Vocalist Pat Lyle will be the guest artist for the SuperJazz concert on September 24, 2017 at Brock Recital Hall, Samford University. Concert is at 3:00 PM, the Hoover High School First Edition Jazz Band will perform beginning at 2:30.
Pat is a native Floridian, born and raised in Tampa. At the age of 18, on a whim, she auditioned for the Air Force Band out of Robins Air Force Base, GA. Pat had already become a seasoned performer by that age, as she had competed and won other singing gigs through her high school years.
Pat went on to serve 20 years in the Air Force Band program, with a total of 14 years (in two tours) served in that same Georgia band. She was stationed in Biloxi, MS, Elmendorf, AK, and Montgomery, AL as well. Most of her travels were across the Southeastern states; however, performing with the Air Force band out of Headquarters Air Force Reserve (GA) sent Pat traveling on worldwide missions, including Moscow and St. Petersburg Russia, Incerlik Turkey, and locations in Germany and Italy. Other performances occurred in the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Panama.
Pat was known as the Voice of the Air Force Reserve for many years, having recorded several advertisements for Reserve Recruiting services. She also recorded many albums, spanning classic rock and country music, patriotic and show tunes, and of course lots of Jazz. Pat found her niche in jazz around 1980 and immediately turned to the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, Carmen McRae, Cleo Laine, and many, many more. She was predominantly a jazz performer for the rest of her career.
Pat retired from the Air Force in 1997 and began her academic career in Psychology. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2000 at Alabama State University and went on to Auburn to complete her Masters and PhD in Clinical Psychology. Through her college years she also continued performing with the Montgomery Recreators, the Edd Jones Orchestra, and the Auburn Knights during their annual reunion. She has a previous guest artist appearance with the Super Jazz Ensemble.
Pat took her first psychology position with the Veterans Health Administration in St. Pete FL in 2005 and remained there through 2012. During that time she served as a choir director and soloist in a couple local churches. In 2013, she and husband Mike moved to Pensacola FL to be closer to their daughter and grandson, and to Mike’s family in Alabama. She is still with the VA and thoroughly enjoys serving veterans’ mental health needs. Singing is only occasional now, but still feels as fresh as the first adventures into jazz.
Pat has been married to saxophonist Mike Lyle for 34 years, after meeting each other in the Air Force band. They have traveled extensively together. They have two adult children and a grandson nearby. Family is very important to Mike and Pat Lyle and the Super Jazz Ensemble is part of that family!
Admission for Adults and Seniors: $7.
Students with ID: $3.
No advance tickets available, Admission is “cash at the door”. Doors open at 2:25.
Hoover Jazz Band begins at 2:30.