LA Jazz Society Presents: LIZZIE THOMAS TRIO - Live from New York
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5903 Noble Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91405, USA
LOS ANGELES JAZZ SOCIETY PRESENTS: Live from NEW YORK
THE LIZZIE THOMAS TRIO
--- with John DI Martino on piano, and Neal Miner on bass
“Lizzie Thomas has a clear but world-wise voice and struts with boldness.”
“There is a joy to Lizzie’s vocal performance
that is certain to make you feel good.”
Michael Doherty Music Log
NYC Vocalist Lizzie Thomas has made a name for herself as a swinging, sultry jazz singer with a beautiful stage presence. Her phrasing is effortless and naturally swings. She captivates her audience by going straight to the heart of the lyric.
Her latest release, 'New Sounds From the Jazz Age', recorded in a “live” setting, is a uniquely beautiful and provocative new sound on the songbook classics we know and love. The album celebrates her ability to vocalize on racing tempos, effortlessly pivot between styles and key changes, and dig deep into the rich complexities of Ellington, Porter, and Gershwin. It features Russell Malone on guitar, John Colianni on piano, Jay Leonhart on bass, Felix Peikli on clarinet and Bernard Linnette on drums.
Lizzie Thomas came to jazz when she realized that it is a purely American art form: It’s steeped in tradition and allows for endless innovation. “I can call a tune for the rest of my life, and I will never sing it the same way. That’s freedom,” she says, “that’s provocative - that’s jazz.”
She began studying classical piano at age 8, clarinet at 10 before her voice was discovered at 12. Lizzie graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance with graduate studies in Music Education from Belmont University in Nashville, TN, where she honed her craft under the celebrated Sandra Dudley. With Dudley, she found her highly personal musical expression with jazz and the American Songbook.
It wasn’t hard to fall under the spell of jazz. Ms. Thomas says, “I fell in love with the improvisational spirit of jazz and the emotions proclaimed and evoked.” Diving into the work of the masters led her to realize that “Ella (Fitzgerald) makes me smile, Billie (Holiday) keeps me honest, and Cole Porter keeps me intrigued.”
She then moved to New York City, where she has won high praise working with many, including Russell Malone, Jay Leonhart, Xavier Davis, Alvester Garnett, Michael Kanan, Ron Affif, Frank Lacy, Antoine Drye, Pasquale Grasso, and John Colianni. Lizzie has captivated audiences with her performances in clubs, restaurants, private parties, and the NYC lounge scene. She has also held down a monthly residency at 90 Thompson St in Soho, New York City, for ten years. Lizzie has produced four albums on GOLD Music; New Sounds From the Jazz Age (2020) More Than You Know (2010), Easy to Love (2013), and a timeless holiday offering Santa Baby (2014).
THIS EVENT IS FREE to watch. There is no cost to view this live performance but registration is required to obtain your ZOOM log-in information.
Donations are encouraged, tax-deductible, and appreciated, and will support the educational programs of the LA Jazz Society and this ongoing weekly event.
Following the performance, we will have a short Q&A - during the performance please insert your questions on the ZOOM chat line.
LOS ANGELES JAZZ SOCIETY PRESENTS is a new VIRTUAL series presented several times a month to focus on JAZZ - established musicians as well as young musicians entering our field. We do it all - FOR THE LOVE OF JAZZ!
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