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Halie Loren: Butterfly Blue

Read "Butterfly Blue" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

All About Jazz collegue R.J. Deluke published a lengthy piece on Alaska-now-Oregon native vocalist Halie Loren. In that piece, DeLuke concludes: “Loren is also in a place vocally where her sound has moved away from influence and is her own. Emulating her favorites, and learning from that in years, are behind. Her phrasing and her presentation are seasoned. They move to unexpected places. It is Halie Loren's voice." And in that, lies what is ...

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Halie Loren: Butterfly Soaring

Read "Halie Loren: Butterfly Soaring" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Its hard to categorize Halie Loren--for those who feel the need to do so--a singer/songwriter who started performing at age 10 in her native state of Alaska and now, from her home in Oregon, tours jazz clubs and jazz events on a regular basis in different parts of the world and regales audiences with her light, supple and sensual voice. She's unconcerned with categorization. Loren enjoys singing one of the great standards created before her time, that she ...

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Halie Loren at the Bach Dynamite & Dancing Society

Read "Halie Loren at the Bach Dynamite & Dancing Society" reviewed by Bill Leikam

Halie Loren Quartet Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society aka Douglas Beach House Half Moon Bay, CaliforniaJune 22, 2014 Topping off the late afternoon at the Bach, the Halie Loren Quartet took the stage, ready to give the audience the gift of song. The quartet was composed of Brian West on drums, Mark Schneider on bass, Matthew Treder on piano and Halie Loren vocals. They have been on the rise in the public eye, expanding their ...

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Halie Loren: Simply Love

Read "Simply Love" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Vocalist Halie Loren has never avoided love songs. Her spectacularly engaging Heart First (Justin Time, 2012) is actually full of them, but this program one-ups that album in the love department. Loren mixes and matches popular songs from a variety of sources and eras, throws in a few originals for good measure, and lets her warm and seductive voice work its magic on all of them during the easy-to-enjoy Simply Love Loren has always been repertoire savvy, ...

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Halie Loren: Stages

Read "Stages" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The studio is a safe place for musicians looking to birth an album in a controlled environment, but the stage is the real proving ground for performers. These people make their mark when lights are low, nerves are tested and safety nets are removed. This is where the real deal musicians get separated from the great pretenders and vocalist Halie Loren is as real as they come. Loren, who may be the best-kept vocal secret in the ...

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Halie Loren: Heart First

Read "Heart First" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Though vocalist Halie Loren has made a name for herself by bringing her warm and inviting alto to bear on a mixture of pop and jazz classics, she has received far too little attention in the United States. Much of the praise heaped upon her comes from Japan, where her fan base is strong and plentiful, but this Alaska-born, Eugene-based beauty may finally be able to make major inroads in the U.S. market with Heart First.This fourteen-track program ...

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Halie Loren: They Oughta Write a Song

Read "They Oughta Write a Song" reviewed by Some One

They Oughta Write a Song sees the 24-year-old Halie Loren getting back to her roots as a jazz singer. The album consists of 13 tracks, including not only jazz standards, but three originals and a half-handful of “jazzified" classic covers. Those new to jazz would be hard-pressed to tell one from the other, so deftly do Loren and her backing band--pianist Matt Treder, bassist Mark Schneider, percussionist Brian West and trumpeter Tim McLaughlin on trumpet--dive in and make themselves home ...


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