Princess is one of Kansas City's best kept secrets.
A diamond in the rough.
Ahmad Alaadeen, veteran Kansas City saxophonist
A performance by “The Elder Statesman of Jazz” was upstaged by the marvelously entertaining antics of vocalist Patricia Lyons-Cox, who gave a memorable version of Nancy Wilson’s “Guess Who I Saw Today.”
Bill Brownlee, Special to the Kansas City Star
by Vanessa Barnard, Jazz Ambassador Magazine
Let's say your best friend in junior high pokes you in the ribs and gestures toward the young man across the room playing piano with the band ("The Carpets") in the school talent show. She whispers in your ear that he's her boyfriend. You think you know better, because after all, she is your best friend. You would know if she had a boyfriend. But then, as the band is leaving, that same young man comes over and kisses your friend on the cheek. You're speechless.
This is exactly what happened one day when Donald Cox and Patricia Lyons were first "an item." "It was love at first sight," they now say.
Although they went their separate ways after those school days, Donald and Pat reunited 15 years ago both as a couple and as business partners. Today Donald is still an accomplished pianist and vocalist, and Pat (or "Princess," a nickname given to her by Donald) has become well-known for a velvety voice that can turn into a lion's growl when singin' the blues. In live performance, each complements the other in a way that leaves no doubt there's a little bit more than just business involved here. When listening to the them sing "Unforgettable," it's clear that their love is here to stay. [more]
Thanks to the following people for helping put this project together: Don Hatfield, Lee Watkins, Ram Swamenathin, Joseph Straws Jr, and Eugene Smiley
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