Lauren  Hooker

Lauren Hooker

BandJazzSinger/Songwriter

Lauren Hooker is a jazz vocalist, composer, lyricist and producer. Her critically acclaimed CD "Right Where I Belong" produced by Rufus Reid and Allen Farnham received an Honorable Mention in the Best Jazz CD's in 2007 from All About Jazz NY. It continues to recieve heavy airplay here and abroad.

Biography

AWARDED HONORABLE MENTION FROM ALL ABOUT JAZZ' BEST JAZZ CD'S IN 2007. Lauren Hooker is not just a singer. She is a consummate musician. Her unique and special talent was recognized early in life and it has developed into the sophisticated, hip vocalist, composer, lyricist, educator and producer she is today.

Her critically acclaimed CD produced by Rufus Reid and Allen Farnham entitled: "Right Where I Belong" with Rufus Reid on the bass, Allen Farnham on piano and Tim Horner on drums features jazz standards, her original compositions, and credits that include lyrics written to Thelonius Monk, Charles Mingus, Wayne Shorter, Fats Waller and Mal Waldron. Within the third week of radio airplay, Lauren was at the top of the “chartbound” list of jazz CD’s played across the nation and in Canada according to jazzweek.com. A featured guest on WKCR's "Jazz Alternatives" 89.9 FM with Host Sharif Abdus Salaam, and WRSU 88.7 FM out of Rutgers University, Lauren's CD continues to receive heavy airplay on both radio and internet stations here and abroad.

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… and compares her to Nancy Wilson and Shirley Horn; 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, Lauren Hooker's Right Where I Belong is one of the standout vocal releases of this year thus far without a doubt, not to mention a candidate as one of ‘07's strongest debut releases.

She came onto the jazz scene with a degree in Music Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University and continued post-graduate work in jazz theory with pianist Kenny Barron at Rutgers University, jazz voice with Sheila Jordan at Manhattan School of Music and most recently, a jazz vocal workshop with Bobby McFerrin and his "Voicestras" vocal ensemble.

Lauren has been featured in many major venues in the New York metropolitan area including The 55 Bar, Trumpets, The International Women in Jazz Festival at St. Peter's Church in NYC, The Jerzey Jazz Girlz Series at the Barron Art Center and The Summer Jazz Café Series at The Two Rivers Theater in NJ. She has performed and/or recorded with some of the best in the business including Vic Juris, Steve Nelson, Bucky Pizzarelli and Reggie Workman to name a few. One of the highlights of her career occurred when she recorded with the legendary pianist Mal Waldron (Billie Holiday's former pianist), singing her original lyrics set to Mal's composition, "The Seagulls of Kristiansund." Her show, "Jazz Expressions", a multi-media experience combining original music, dance, poetry and photography premiered at New Jersey's Puffin Cultural Forum and she has appeared on a variety of television shows including "Broadway to Business", "For Arts Sake", "Life of the Music" and “Night Owls”.

Discography

"Right Where I Belong" Musical Legends 2007 produced by Rufus Reid and Allen Farnham
with Rufus Reid on the bass, Allen Farnham on piano and Tim Horner on drums. Features jazz standards, her original compositions, and credits that include lyrics written to music by Thelonius Monk, Charles Mingus, Wayne Shorter, Fats Waller and Mal Waldron.
www.laurenhooker.com
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Set List

45 minute sets include a variety of unique arrangements set to jazz standards, and instrumental standards with her original lyrics set to Thelonius Monk, Charles Mingus, Wayne Shorter, Fats Waller, Mal Waldron and Charlie Parker.