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Anaïs Reno

Anaïs Reno, a 20-year old Drama major at LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts in NYC, was born on November 29, 2003, in Geneva, Switzerland. Despite her very young age, Anaïs has been artistically very active, involved in the performing arts since age 8. After winning the 2016 Forte International Competition’s Platinum Award at Carnegie Hall, Anaïs won Second Place at Michael Feinstein’s Great American Song Book Academy competition in Carmel, Indiana in the summer of 2018, First Place at the Mabel Mercer Foundation competition, in New York, in March of 2019, and won the Julie Wilson Award in 2020. Studying voice and music since 2013 with Sarah Tolar as a recipient of the Renati-Kaplan Scholarship Program at the 92nd Street Y as well as with her father, a former opera singer, Joan Lader, and Lee Lobenhofer, Anaïs has had a rapidly growing career as a singer with a love for jazz and the Great American Songbook.

Since age 10, Anaïs has had the opportunity to sing with highly acclaimed professionals in the field and perform in prominent venues. Thus, she has performed with the NY Philharmonic in David Geffen Hall with her own compositions, Anaïs made her Rose Hall debut last October in Lincoln Center in the Cabaret Convention. Last November she sang at NJPAC with Billy Stritch, Catherine Russel and Clint Holmes. She has had three solo shows at Feinstein’s 54 Below with Billy Stritch and Tedd Firth, the first being at age 13.

She had two shows in May and December of 2019, the latter celebrating the music of Billy Strayhorn/Duke Ellington. Last August, she performed with the Birdland Big Band. Last May, Anaïs was asked to perform by Michael Feinstein at a private event. Anaïs has performed at the Friar’s Club, the National Arts Club and the Player’s Club. She has also performed several times at Carnegie Hall.


Live Review

Anais Reno and the Dylan Band Quintet at Chris’ Jazz Cafe

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Anais Reno and the Dylan Band Quintet Featuring the Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim Chris' Jazz Café Philadelphia, PA June 24, 2023 At 19, Anais Reno is one of the finest emerging jazz vocalists amid a hefty scene of great young singers. And her repeated engagements at Chris' Jazz Café show that she has a strong fan base in Philadelphia. Hence there is no need to say how competent and ...

Rising Stars

Meet Vocalist Anais Reno

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This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. When she was eight years old, Anais Reno (now 18) began taking voice lessons from singer/songwriter Sarah Tolar. “I feel very grateful to her," Reno said, “because after a couple of months of working together, she sensed that maybe some older American Songbook music would be good for me. So, she started to give me songs from that repertoire, and it very quickly became my favorite music to do."

Radio & Podcasts

Frank Sinatra, Branford Marsalis & Anaïs Reno

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Representing the youth movement in jazz in 2021 we kick off the 716th Episode of Neon Jazz with vocalist Anaïs Reno's “Daydream." She is followed by her hero Frank Sinatra and good line-up of jazz. It picks up with guitarist Dan Wilson, vocalist Bill Kwan and German Pianist Kilian Kemmer. We also hear the pipes of a talented LA-based singer Mara Kaye and tie it all together with a song from the saxophonist Branford Marsalis. Dig this new episode.

Album Review

Anaïs Reno: Lovesome Thing: Anaïs Reno sings Ellington & Strayhorn featuring Emmet Cohen

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The first time someone told me that Billy Strayhorn was a teenager when he wrote “Lush Life," I didn't believe it. Not so much because of the harmonic gymnastics, which were daunting enough, but because of the lyrics. “Romance is mush stifling those who strive, I'll live out a lush life in some small dive." No, someone had to have lived quite a bit to write something like that. No-one at eighteen could know that, so I thought, because I ...

Album Review

Anaïs Reno: Lovesome Thing: Anaïs Reno sings Ellington & Strayhorn featuring Emmet Cohen

Read "Lovesome Thing: Anaïs Reno sings Ellington & Strayhorn featuring Emmet Cohen" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn were collaborators for several decades beginning in the late 1930s. They became so closely intertwined musically that it was frequently impossible to distinguish their work. Anaïs Reno a young and promising singer has chosen to use their compositions as the basis for her debut release Lovesome Thing: Anaïs Reno Sings Ellington & Strayhorn. This choice was not without risk as the harmonic structure and lyrics of some of the compositions are better suited to a ...

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“This 17-year old who sang “America The Beautiful” (both verses, shocking the crowd) Anais Reno, is going to be a superstar.”

- Keith Olbermann


“Her sophistication and work ethic set her apart from most people her age. Anaïs Reno is truly a classic vocalist, her singing is ageless.”

- Nelson Brill, Boston Concert Reviews

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