2

Take Five With Lela Kaplowitz

Lela Kaplowitz By

Sign in to view read count
Meet Lela Kaplowitz:

A vocalist/songwriter that experienced life and the jazz scene in New York, her decision to move back to Croatia came from the desire to raise her daughter in a more old fashion, familiar way.

Lela brings a New York vibe to her home country, where she continues to spread her love of music, jazz in particular. She continues to record, write new material and is gaining recognition globally.

Instrument(s):

Vocal, tap dancing.

Teachers and/or influences?

Sheila Jordan, Mark Murphy, Anita O'Day, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and so many more.

I knew I wanted to be a musician when...

I heard Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgeraldswinging it from my black and white TV set when I was about six.

Your sound and approach to music:

Truth, Truth and nothing but the Truth, so help me God!

Your teaching approach:

Open up and hold the space for them so they feel comfortable, loved and respected. Then they will be able to teach themselves.

The first Jazz album I bought was:

Sarah Vaughan's Crazy and Mixed Up

What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically?

Channeling positive energy.

Did you know...

that I am a vegetarian and don't drink?

What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?

Listen to the old records, feed your soul with videos of the masters of jazz, read the books about the this great artistry and share them in any shape or form.

What is in the near future?

Promoting my newest album, visiting New York in March 2013.

What's your greatest fear when you perform?

To forget the lyrics.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

"Arise and Shine," by Doug Carn.

What is your favorite song to whistle or sing in the shower?

"It's Raining Men" ... just kiddin'

If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a:

Dancer.

Photo Credit

Deyan Baric

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Take Five with Debora Galan Take Five With... Take Five with Debora Galan
by Debora Galan
Published: September 17, 2017
Read Take Five with Ralph Hepola Take Five With... Take Five with Ralph Hepola
by Ralph Hepola
Published: August 28, 2017
Read Take Five with Dave Potter Take Five With... Take Five with Dave Potter
by David Potter
Published: August 24, 2017
Read Take Five with Hayley Lam Take Five With... Take Five with Hayley Lam
by Hayley Lam
Published: August 3, 2017
Read Take Five with Vincent Eury Take Five With... Take Five with Vincent Eury
by Vincent Eury
Published: June 24, 2017
Read Take Five with Sergio Pamies Take Five With... Take Five with Sergio Pamies
by Sergio Pamies
Published: May 31, 2017
Read "Take Five with Julian Hartwell" Take Five With... Take Five with Julian Hartwell
by Julian Hartwell
Published: April 20, 2017
Read "Take Five with Adam Schneit" Take Five With... Take Five with Adam Schneit
by Adam Schneit
Published: January 4, 2017
Read "Take Five With Zachary Serleth" Take Five With... Take Five With Zachary Serleth
by Zachary Serleth
Published: October 26, 2016
Read "Take Five with Maurice Brown" Take Five With... Take Five with Maurice Brown
by Maurice Brown
Published: March 16, 2017
Read "Take Five with Brian Kastan" Take Five With... Take Five with Brian Kastan
by Brian Kastan
Published: March 8, 2017
Read "Take Five with Bridget Cimino" Take Five With... Take Five with Bridget Cimino
by Bridget Cimino
Published: October 26, 2016

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.