Sylvan De La Cruz
I'm a jazz-pop singer/songwriter from LA.
Sylvan De La Cruz is a jazz-pop singer/songwriter from Los Angeles. He writes
songs in the tradition of the Gershwins, and Cole Porter, and sings them in a style
influenced as much by Ella Fitzgerald, as by Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra.
Though his music is rooted in the classic pop standard style, it also has rich pop
elements, and a contemporary feel.
Sylvan writes songs about life in the City of Angels. Whether it’s a song about one
of LA’s vibrant neighborhoods, or one that is playfully romantic, or one that
expresses loneliness and the heart’s yearning desire for love, Sylvan De La Cruz’
music is informed by an awareness of life in the modern world, that everyone can
He began writing jazz based show tunes in 2013 for a nightclub show he produced
called The Hollywood Cabaret. When a friend and venue owner asked him to write a
cabaret show for his theater in downtown LA, that set off a series of events that
changed the course of his life. He immediately began writing show tunes and pop
standard-like songs for the show.
Though the show eventually fell through, Sylvan saw something positive. The songs
that he wrote for the show were a personal revelation that proved to him that he
could craft beautiful songs in the tradition of the Great American Songbook. At this
time, he also began playing piano and studying music theory so intensely, that he
put his social life on hold for two years.
He then began working with a producer in Studio City, CA, on what was to become
his debut EP, which will be released on The Hollywood Cabaret Music label in
My Jazz Story
I love jazz because it's the best music that was ever born in our country.
I was first exposed to jazz probably from TV and films.
I met .John Heard.
The best show I ever attended was John Heard, Roy McReady and Charlie O's in Los Angeles.
My advice to new listeners: look into the world of jazz for things YOU like.