Sweet Lu Olutosin
Jazz Standards, Vocalese, and Blues are the foundational landscape Lutalo "Sweet Lu" Olutosin digs into to produce his euphoric Vocal Jazz renderings.
After over 35 years in the US Military ‘Colonel’ Lutalo Olutosin finally allowed "Sweet Lu" Olutosin to take center stage as he embraced the Jazz Vocalist that had flourished within him since childhood.
Today Lu is a Bandleader, featured Soloist, and TwinsMusic Recording Artist. His most recent CD release "Sweet Lou's Blues" enjoyed a 12-week top 20 ranking on the 2015 National (US) Jazz Charts and is receiving glowing reviews in industry standard publications like All About Jazz, Cadence Magazine, Jazz USA, Jazz Times and Others. The CD has been given a 5- Star rating on Amazon.com.
Most recently, Sweet Lu and his sextet captivated a capacity crowd at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as a featured artist of the 2015 DC Jazz Festival. Prior to the Kennedy center performance Lu spent the Spring touring Europe headlining Frank Sinatra Centennial tribute shows with the Antonio Ciacca Orchestra to rave reviews. Southern Italian promoters and audiences were so impressed with Sweet Lu’s stage presence and virtuosity that they immediately requested return performance dates which Lu will complete July – August of this year.
Here is what critics are saying about “Sweet Lu Olutosin”
“... after the first part in a trio, the pianist presented the special guest, for the first time in Italy, the vocalist Sweet Lu Olutosin. One approach explosives, a mix of soul, blues, mainstream, soloing style vocalese - then added with original (Lyrics) texts - a stage presence that can warm up the audience, a display of medium and low register but then able to surprise with successful forays in the tall one with a clear timbre that recalled the teaching of soul singer James Ingram”. http://www.napolidavivere.it/2015/03/19/45-eventi-a-napoli-per-il-weekend-21-22-marzo-2015/
“Olutosin's voice is deeply rooted and tinged with just enough blues overtone, to make Sweet Lou's Blues, an engaging offering, for both the jazz aficionado and newcomer. Filled with bursting melodies and topped with Olutosin's distinctively impassioned voice, he may have just paved the way to new standards in the vocal jazz idiom”.
~ Geannine Reid, Allaboutjazz.com 06/13/15
“Olutosin is masterful, filled with ideas within his phrasing, and deeply rooted in blues. The soulfulness of his well-rounded masculine voice is a beacon in the male jazz vocal idiom. One voice I hope to hear for many years to come“.
~ H. Allen Williams, JazzTimes 06/03/15
"Lu Olutosin is a fresh voice, assured and full....Olutosin at times reminds me of Oscar Brown Jr., in his lyrics, and Eddie Jefferson in delivery....... the ambiance is real and hip and sticking and anyone with an interest in vocal jazz should seek this out."
~ Robert Rusch, Cadence Magazine 05/10/15
"5.0 out of 5 stars......... A fine new male vocalist - jazz, blues, and wherever the lyrics take him.............The band swings with a joyous feel, yet grooving. The jazz world welcomes a much needed great, new vocalist/lyricist who can groove hard and sing love songs in the style of Bebop/Post Bop, Jazz/Blues
~ Grady Harp (Los Angeles, CA United States) ~ AMAZON.COM
" Sweet Lu Olutosin has a deep rich wonderful voice that will remind his listeners of Joe Williams, Joe Henderson and the best of the big band singers of the 50's. But Sweet Lu brings his own current style to the CD and added some clever musical touches to the playlist. He has a great voice and he knows how to deal with a lyric.
~ Robert Nicosia, MusicManBlog
“SWEET LU OLUTOSIN/Sweet Lou’s Blues: Looking for some old school Joe Henderson type stuff? Here it is. Olutosin has a vibe that comes across like Joe Henderson meets Oscar Brown Jr. just as the fur begins to fly. Church basements, civil rights and more back in the day striving is on tap here
My Jazz Story
Published on: 2017-04-16
I love jazz because jazz represents musical freedom. Although there is a form and framework to the music its is not
restricted that framework. Jazz conveys a spirit of truth much like the truth in Blues and in Gospel, its bursting with feeling
and expression one can experience through the improvisation of the players.
I was first exposed to jazz when I was around 13-14 years old when I heard "You don't see me" by Al Jarreau on the radio.
The song change my life and the way I judged the music I heard from that point on. I was amazed by the vocal freedom I
heard as he sang, it was unreal to hear him sing with no inhibitions of any kind. Many years later I met Al Jarreau and
continued to learn from him, what a wonderful soul he was.
My advice to new listeners... slow down, sit down, close your eyes and listen. Let the music heal your soul and you will
never be the same.