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MP3 Lauren Hooker - Right Where I Belong

Jazz Vocals with backing traditional jazz combo and original treatments.

13 MP3 Songs
JAZZ: Jazz Vocals, JAZZ: Traditional Jazz Combo



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Lauren Hooker''s jazz repertoire highlights her near four octave vocal range and features jazz standards, original compositions as well as her own lyrics set to Monk, Mingus, Wayne Shorter, Fats Waller and Mal Wadron, putting her in the company of some of the most talented musicians in the business.

"I was born into music ... hearing my dad jam with his fellow jazz musicians in the basement ... starting piano lessons at age four ... meeting Bill Evans at the Vanguard whom my father recorded with in college ... being exposed to and singing most of the major classical oratorios by age fifteen...shaking hands with Duke Ellington and Dave Brubeck whose sacred works my dad''s chorus, the New Jersey Schola Cantorum, performed...reaching for Sarah Vaughan''s range, Ella''s scat, Miles Davis'' tone and Coltrane''s intention. I was not only encouraged, but expected to be a musician, and a well-rounded one at that ... one who could compose, play, sing, arrange and educate."

She is not just a singer. She is a consummate musician.

Her unique and special talent was recognized early in life and it has developed into the sophisticated, hip vocalist, composer, and lyricist she is today. She came onto the jazz scene in the early 80''s, fresh out of Fairleigh Dickinson University with a degree in Music Education. Lauren continued post-graduate work in jazz theory with pianist Kenny Barron at Rutgers University, jazz voice with Sheila Jordan at the Manhattan School of Music and private studies in jazz piano with Keith McDonald and vocal coach Paul Gallagher. She has been featured in many major venues in the New York metropolitan area including Sweetwaters, the West End Café, 55 Bar, Trumpets, Lounge Zen, the Angry Squire, as well as the Dewar''s and Greenwich Village Jazz Festivals.

One of the highlights of Lauren''s career occurred in 1989 when she recorded with legendary pianist/composer Mal Waldron (Billie Holiday''s former pianist), singing her original lyrics set to Mal''s composition, "The Seagulls of Kristiansund."

Her show, "Jazz Expressions", a multi-media experience combining original music, dance, poetry and photography was premiered in 1997 at New Jersey''s Puffin Cultural Forum with bassist Calvin Hill and pianist Tomoko Ohno. She has appeared on a variety of television shows such as "Broadway to Business," "For Arts Sake," and "Life of the Music."

Lauren also performs regularly in her Arts in Education Company: Musical Legends turning kids onto jazz and African and Native American cultures with her shows "Jazz 4 Kids", "Rainbow Crow" and "The Fire Children". (https://www.tradebit.com)

PERFORMED AND/OR RECORDED WITH:

John Bianculli, Ted Branchato, Belden Bullock, Rahn Burton, Michael Cochrane, Roy Cumming, Loren Daniels, Glenn Davis, Santi Debriano, Dena DeRose, Bob Devos, John DiMartino, Leon Dorsey, Vince Ector, Allen Farnham, Mac Goldsberry, John Hart, Freddie Hendrix, Calvin Hill, Tim Horner, Chip Jackson, Vic Juris, Andy McCloud, Cecil McBee, Maryanne McSweeney, Paul Meyers, Allison Miller, Bill Moring, Steve Nelson, Tomoko Ohno, Rufus Reid, Warren Smith, Frederick Waites, Mal Waldron, Bobby Watson and Reggie Workman


THE BUZZ:

"Her clever lyrical take on Thelonious Monk''s classic "Well You Needn''t" brings a new curve to the song...a singing voice and style which can easily compete with the best of the current crop of jazz artists."
....Kenneth Higney, Sr. VP, Arc Music Group (Thelonius Monk''s publisher)

"New Jersey boasts numerous excellent jazz singers, and Lauren Hooker is among them"...Zan Stewart, Star Ledger

“... her mature, full sounding voice instills soul to standards and originals."
....Ellen Lovejoy, The News Tribune

"As a performer, educator and businesswoman, Lauren Hooker uses music to make a positive impact on people''s lives"... Brian Aberback, The Record

Read more on her website https://www.tradebit.com

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