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The Legacy of Paulette Angela DeSuzia: Celebrating the life of musical phenom Paulette Angela DeSuzia
By Shonassee Shaver Sentinel Intern
Published July 12, 2013

A music maven, Paulette Angela DeSuzia passed away June 3, 2013. She was a talented and inspiring woman.

She was born January 1, 1942 to parents Marion Paul Moore-DeSuzia and Felix DeSuzia. She was a loving and innovative person who loved her family and friends.  Not just beautiful on the inside and out, Paulette was a music pioneer. She worked in the music industry for over 50 years. Paulette worked for an array of music companies such as A&M Records, Far Out Records, Venture Records and Avenue Records. Paulette was blessed with the opportunity to have worked with artists such as Brothers Johnson, LTD, Jeffrey Osborne, Atlantic Starr, and Quincy Jones.

She broke down barriers becoming the first Black female, national contemporary jazz promotional director at Palo Alto/TBA Records.  Paulette was influential in the success of legendary band WAR. She tapped into various genres of music such as jazz, rap, NAC, pop, reggae, gospel and Americana for New York-based artist Hannibal.

DeSuzia collaborated with Ike Turner on his blues comeback CD.  She was dedicated to her profession, seeking a Grammy nomination for Turner’s album “Here and Now.” Paulette succeeded in Ike Turner’s Grammy win in 2002.  Adding to her roster of music artists, were the original Jazz Crusaders, The Soul Stirrers, Anita Pointer from the Pointer Sisters, Lou Rawls and so many more.

Paulette delved into the film industry working as an Assistant Location Manager.  She worked on the film, “Colors” starring actor Sean Penn.

She was involved in the political realm of President Barack Obama.  “She was my eyes and ears on the ground at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. She saw Barack Obama nominated, and then in January she saw Senator Obama become President of the United States. Paulette brought her street savvy and outrageous observations to politics and policy from local to international laws and events,” said good friend Terri Ross.

Paulette Angela DeSuzia had an outstanding career.  She was preceded in death by her mother and both father and step father, William Henry Street. She is survived by loving family members in Arizona, New York, Los Angeles, Oklahoma and Connecticut and a host of relatives and friends. 




Categories: Celebration of Life

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