Jazz vocalist, Dana Lauren
is back with her highly anticipated new CD It You or No One"
almost 3 years after the release of her debut recording. Lauren brings an all-star group of musicians together to create a innovative sound on these chosen standards, while still maintaining the integrity of each song. Lauren is joined here by Joel Frahm
on tenor sax, Manual Valera
on piano, Will Graefe
on guitar, Luques Curti
s on bass, Jake Goldbas
on drums and special guest, Christian McBride
on bass round Dana's smooth, sultry vocals. At the age of 21, Dana Lauren has already performed at some of the most prestigious jazz venues in the country and recorded with Christian McBride and Arturo Sandoval all while still a student at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. When asked where she pulls the emotion from to perform these heartfelt standards at such a young age she replies, I let my guard down and I'm not afraid to open up to my audience. I dig deep within myself to bring out the emotions that give life to each song." Dana Lauren is a gifted vocalist! Give a listen to It's You or No One" and see for yourself.
She don't push, don't pretend. She is a natural singer." -Arturo Sandoval - Miami Herald
Standard after standard, her interpretation registered far beyond her years with sophistication usually found in singers twice her age." - Gary Craig - Hartford Magazine
Dana Lauren - Bio
At 21, jazz vocalist, Dana Lauren's love of jazz standards inspires her to keep the music alive with her interpretation in the style of great singers like Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae and Mel Torme. A chance meeting with Arturo Sandoval at the 2006 Newport Jazz Festival provided Dana with opportunities that any young performer could only dream about. In July 2007 Dana recorded a CD titled Stairway to the Stars" produced by and featuring Mr. Sandoval in his Miami studio. Dana has had the honor of performing with Mr. Sandoval at the Arturo Sandoval Jazz Club in Miami, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Birdland and Iridium in NYC and Sculler's Jazz Club in Boston. She is always excited to have the opportunity to perform with Mr. Sandoval when her schedule permits.
In June 2008 the Dana Lauren Sextet was one of four groups chosen to participate in the JAS Summer Academy at the Aspen Jazz Festival. The Academy is the Nation's only full scholarship summer jazz program and is led by bass player, Christian McBride. While still a high school student, Dana was awarded the Outstanding Vocal Soloist Award at the 2006 Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival. Dana continues her studies in jazz performance at Berklee College of Music with Daniela Schachter. She also studied at the New England Conservatory of Music with Dominique Eade. While Dana is still a student she has an extensive performance resume and performs with her group in venues from New York through New England.
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