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Ms. Lisa Fischer is stepping into the spotlight at last. After four decades of singing background for icons like the Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Chaka Khan, and Nine Inch Nails, Lisa is finally offering her own humble, heartfelt song, accompanied by her inventive new band Grand Baton. The past 18 months have been a whirlwind, with performances at the Newport and Monterey Jazz Festivals, at the Hollywood Bowl, and in major cities all over the world.

The unexpected success of the Oscar-winning documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013) altered the course of Lisa’s musical journey. The film told her story, complete with clips of her 1991 Grammy-winning R&B hit “How Can I Ease The Pain,” live footage of her legendary duets with Mick Jagger on “Gimme Shelter,” and glowing testimonials from famous colleagues like Sting, Patti Austin, and Chris Botti. It showcased her virtuosity and vulnerability, opened a window on her sometimes lonely life on the road, earned her a second Grammy award, and left audiences eager to see and hear more.

Lisa set out on her first tour with no recordings or video to help book and promote shows, headlining first in small clubs, moving quickly to festivals and concert halls. Journalists, music business insiders, and supporters jumped in to spread the word. “Her glamorous-girl-next-door quality makes fans all over the world think she’s their own secret discovery.” (Broadway World) “A sublime experience,” “phenomenal times infinity,” “mind blowing,” “an intangible souvenir that will remain in our hearts and minds forever.” (Facebook followers) “Transcendental!”(The Huffington Post) “She brought down the house in the single best show I’ve seen in the many years I’ve visited Birdland.” (The New York Times) “You know you’re in the presence of greatness when the hair on the back of your neck stands up. On her own stage, [Fischer] exuded supreme confidence. The display of vocal magic was mesmerizing . . . quiet and subtle until the mighty shout was unleashed . . . .” (The Edmonton Sun) “[A] wondrous instrument that can seamlessly blend classical, jazz, soul, gospel, rock and folk.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune).

Lisa has found ideal co-conspirators in Grand Baton. The band’s organic fusion of African, Middle Eastern, and Caribbean rhythms, psychedelic soul, and progressive rock awakens and ignites Lisa’s flexibility and freedom of expression. “Collectively they bring amazing musicianship, hearts and souls and most importantly a sense of playfulness,” she says. “It’s a dream to be sonically surrounded with this kind of sensitivity and care.” The band has helped her realize her lifelong desire to make music that heals but still rocks the house. In performance, she draws from an eclectic palette of influences, whether putting her stamp on Led Zeppelin and Little Willie John or recasting rock anthems from her tours with the Stones and Tina Turner.

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Live Review

Lisa Fischer And Grand Baton At Freight & Salvage

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Lisa Fischer And Grand Baton Freight & Salvage Berkeley CA Friday July 28 2023 Acclaimed versatile vocalist and Grammy winner Lisa Fischer (Tina Turner, Rolling Stones) graced the spacious Freight & Salvage in jny: Berkeley's downtown Arts District for multiple weekend performances. The Minnesota native received superb support from her long standing touring group Grand Batonwhich was band leader/guitarist JC Maillard, bassist Richie Goods and drummer Thierry Arpino. Fischer opened with the uplifting ...

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Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton At Yoshi's

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Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton Yoshi's Oakland, CA February 22, 2018 Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton braved an unusually cold Thursday night to heat up Fischer's many fans at the famed Yoshi's in jny: Oakland CA. The live music and restaurant venue in Jack London Square hosted an overflowing house that showed its enthusiasm for Fischer throughout the set. During the brief warm up, an East Bay couple sitting nearby talked about how ...

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Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton At UCD Mondavi Center

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Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton UCD Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Jackson Hall Valentine's Day Davis, CA February 14, 2016 Grammy winner Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton put on a superlative show at the Mondavi Center For The Performing Arts located on the beautiful University of California campus in Davis CA. Grand Baton featured: musical director JC Maillard, guitar and keyboards, bassist Aidan Carroll, and drummer Thierry Arpino. Fischer's wide ranging set covered ...

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Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton At Yoshi's Oakland

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Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton Yoshi's Oakland CA April 9, 2015 Both Thursday night shows for Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton were packed and the enthusiastic house was treated to a memorable evening of great music. Acclaimed vocalist Fischer dimmed the lights and started the second set with the somber “Breath of Heaven" that miraculously transformed Yoshi's into a small church and the audience into an attentive congregation. Now we were in ...

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Newport Jazz Festival Adds Jack DeJohnette And Lisa Fischer To 2015 Lineup

Newport Jazz Festival Adds Jack DeJohnette And Lisa Fischer To 2015 Lineup

Source: Carolyn McClair Public Relations

Newport Jazz Festival Adds Jack DeJohnette: Made in Chicago and Ms. Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton to 2015 Lineup NEWPORT, RI – Celebrating music made in Chicago and one of the world’s premier backup singers, George Wein is pleased to announce the additions of Jack DeJohnette: Made in Chicago and Ms. Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton to the lineup of the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management July 31 - August 2. “One of the joys ...

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Grammy Award-Winning Vocalist Lisa Fischer Kicks Off Jazz Standard's Line-up For January

Grammy Award-Winning Vocalist Lisa Fischer Kicks Off Jazz Standard's Line-up For January

Source: AMT Public Relations

January @ Jazz Standard Features Helen Sung Quintet Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton Stefon Harris & sonic creed Chris Potter Underground Orchestra New York City, NY — JAZZ STANDARD, one of the nation’s premier jazz clubs, offers another im­pressive month of music with jazz legends and rising stars throughout January. Pianist Helen Sung will lead her quintet on January 6–7, followed by singer Lisa Fischer and her band Grand Baton from January 8–10. Vibraphonist Stefon Harris and his new ...

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