Happy Birthday Patti!
Later in the day, Patti Austin was given a wonderful surprise birthday party at the elegant Shanghai 1930 Restaurant in San Francisco. Among other distinguished guests, SF Mayor Willie Brown was present for the festivities. Patti was totally shocked and the tears of joy flowed. A highlight of the evening was Patti being serenaded with a song from the musical “Ragtime” by 17 year old protégé, Robert Houston. She has been a major force in his music development and it definitely shows. Patti told the crowd that she would not be singing as she had been performing in Europe for the past two months and is now on vacation. They managed to get her to sing a bit of a duet on “I Am Everyday People” before she returned to enjoying her guests. A great evening for a great lady.