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Lauren Hooker

Lauren Hooker helps to continue the tradition of great jazz singing. Critics from across the nation have compared her sound and style to that of Dianne Reeves, Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Shirley Horn and Sheila Jordan; her lyric writing to Jon Hendricks’ and her songwriting as some of the best in the business. Lauren is not just another singer, she is a consummate musician, known throughout the NY metropolitan area as a multi-talented vocalist, instrumentalist, composer, lyricist, educator, producer and storyteller. Out of a flood of rave reviews, JAZZ TIMES writes, ... undeniably impressive… certainly imaginative… can hold her own against pretty much any singer- songwriter in the business… ability to add lyrics to instrumental classics… is flat-out masterful… ; JAZZ IMPROV NY says … a skilled scatter, talented lyricist and songwriter…intriguing, impressive…; ALL ABOUT JAZZ LA states, Here's a vocalist that is going to knock you off your chair… hits a double off the wall… her voice - rich, confident and assured - like Dianne Reeves, pitch perfect and ALL ABOUT JAZZ NY writes, "Hooker shows off her multi-faceted talent.

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Lauren Hooker Quartet In Concert

Lauren Hooker Quartet In Concert

Teaneck Jazz Vocalist Lauren Hooker and Trio Perform Standards and Originals at the Puffin Cultural Forum Teaneck, NJ, Saturday, November 17 – While often compared to Dianne Reeves, Nancy Wilson, Anita O’Day, Sarah Vaughan or Dinah Washington, Lauren Hooker’s style remains uniquely her own. A jazz vocalist, pianist and educator, Lauren has performed and/or recorded with ...

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Article: Live Review

Cape May Jazz Festival, April 8-10, 2011

Read "Cape May Jazz Festival, April 8-10, 2011" reviewed by Sandy Ingham


Cape May Jazz Festival Cape May, NJ April 8-10, 2011 Poncho Sanchez never fails to ignite his audience, and his Latin jazz band came out blazing as the Saturday night opening act/headliner at the semiannual Cape May (N.J.) Jazz Festival, April 8-10. Sanchez, the hammer-handed conga player and leather-lunged lead singer for ...

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News: Festival

Poncho is Head Honcho at Cape May Fest

Poncho is Head Honcho at Cape May Fest

Poncho Sanchez never fails to ignite his audience, and his Latin jazz band came out blazing as the Saturday night opening act/headliner at the semiannual Cape May Jazz Festival April 8-10. Sanchez, the hammer-handed conga player and leather-lunged lead singer for the eight-piece band, has a crackerjack three-horn front line as always, a pianist who doubles ...

Album

Life Of The Music

Label: Miles High Records
Released: 2010
Track listing: Life Of The Music/Your Music Brings Out The Poetry In Me; If That's What You Feel; Love Me Or Leave Me; I Am Doing Very Well; Song To A Seagull; I Lied; Spring Is Here; Countin' The Blues; Hey This Is Me; Walkin' On Down The Line; Some Other Time.

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Article: Album Review

Lauren Hooker: Life Of The Music

Read "Life Of The Music" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Singer and pianist Lauren Hooker takes chances on Life Of The Music, her second album. She sets her own compositions up against classics of American music, re-works old favourites and uses some vocal shifts and inflections that other singers might think twice about. And thank goodness she does, because in doing so Hooker has assembled a ...

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Article: Album Review

Lauren Hooker: Life Of The Music

Read "Life Of The Music" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


In 2007, vocalist Lauren Hooker turned out an impressive debut, Right Where I Belong (Musical Legends, Inc., 2007), which highlighted her solid, yet flexible, voice, and an ability to graft her own lyrics onto familiar instrumental jazz standards. Three years later, Hooker returns with a program that largely focuses on her own lyrics and music, demonstrating ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Teaneck (NJ) Festival of Arts Jazz Jam Session Continues at Ultrabar

Teaneck (NJ) Festival of Arts Jazz  Jam Session Continues at Ultrabar

Teaneck's new UltraBar located at 400 Cedar Lane, will host another Teaneck Festival of Arts (TFOA) jazz jam session on Tuesday, March 31st at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The last two sessions in January and February attracted over fifty musicians--a great place for musicians to reconnect and the public ...

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Article: Album Review

Lauren Hooker: Right Where I Belong

Read "Right Where I Belong" reviewed by Marcia Hillman


Lauren Hooker shows off her multi-faceted talent in this, her debut CD. Teaming up with Allen Farnham (piano), Rufus Reid (bass) and Tim Horner (drums and percussion), Hooker runs through a selection of jazz standards and originals. Her originals break down into two types: original lyrics for instrumental standards and new pieces. The ...

Album

Right Where I Belong

Label: Musical Legends, Inc.
Released: 2007
Track listing: Right Where I Belong; You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To; Goodbye Pork Pie; The Eyes of Chaz; The Other Side of the Sun; Well You Needn't Call Me; Time and Space; Seagulls; Lovebug Jitters; No Goodbyes; Footprints On My Soul; Ill Wind; Creole Love Call.


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