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Dana Lauren: New York, May 22, 2011

Read "Dana Lauren: New York, May 22, 2011" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Dana Lauren Metropolitan Room New York, NY May 22, 2011 Sunday night shows are a tough sell to the average music fan. Weekend gatherings, housework and Saturday evening soirees often take their toll and sour people from making their way out to hear live music on a Sunday evening, but diehard jazz fans know that something special might await them. Established artists finishing up week long stints at hallowed New York haunts, like the Village ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Dana Lauren: It's You or No One

Read "It's You or No One" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Vocalist Dana Lauren has a beautifully balanced alto voice that is pliant and malleable, one well suited for jazz. It's You or No One (Self Produced, 2010) was the singer's well-received debut, a smart collection of standards rendered well by top-notch musicians. Lauren sings inside and outside the box, straight-ahead and sideways with equal intensity and sensitivity. She is also effective in small spaces. In a minimalist trend that echoes Lawrence Lebo's “less-is-more" approach, Lauren retires her ...

INTERVIEW

Dana Lauren: Songs From Her Heart

Read "Dana Lauren: Songs From Her Heart" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

What does it take for someone who has been singing since she was a toddler--and had her sights set singing as a vocation since in elementary school--to make a strong go of it? Great focus and a strong will would be necessary traits. Willingness to learn and a thick skin would also be valuable, particularly in the jazz genre, in which emotional depth and artistic truth go hand-in-hand with the sheer technique needed to pull off successful performances. ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Dana Lauren: It's You Or No One

Read "It's You Or No One" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

It's impossible to predict when chance will smile favorably, so it's important to be prepared for when that opportunity arrives. Vocalist Dana Lauren seized chance by the proverbial throat when, at the age of 17, she met Arturo Sandoval at a jazz festival. That encounter led to Lauren performing with Sandoval at his Miami club, and to her debut recording, Stairway to the Stars, which the trumpeter produced. Inspired by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae and ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Dana Lauren: It's You Or No One

Read "It's You Or No One" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

At the age of 21, vocalist Dana Lauren has a command of her instrument that many professional singers twice her age would envy. Lauren has a voice that's one part Roberta Gambarini and one part Diana Krall, with a dash of soul thrown in to spice things up, and she puts it good use on this ten song program. Her debut album--Stairway To The Stars (Dana Lauren, 2008)--produced by and featuring trumpeter Arturo Sandoval--covered oft-performed standards like “How High The ...


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