Lisa Henry

Lisa Henry

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International jazz vocalist and educator Lisa Henry has a voice that "Does It All!" From concerts at the White House to vocal students in the classroom, Lisa Henry is the consumate jazz ambassador, spreading the news about America's original art form - jazz.

Biography

LISA HENRY

Classy. Earthy. Down Home. Fun. Lisa Henry is the essence of swingin’ cool, with A Voice That Does It All.

In the company of Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald, this International Jazz Ambassador makes musical magic when she greets the microphone. With her sincere, warm vocal delivery, classic vocal interpretations and unique improvisations, Lisa takes the listener to musical Nirvana.

Raised on music, Lisa began her early singing career in the Baptist Church at the age of 6. By age 12, she had been exposed to the music of Billie Holiday and Miles Davis. Having heard the improvisational magic of Billie and Miles, Lisa turned to jazz, and has been a narrator of the art form ever since.

Her professional jazz career began in the nightclubs of Kansas City at age 17. She was mentored by the great Hammond B-3 player, Everette Devan, and cut her big band “teeth”, performing with the Vince Bilardo Big Band and Steve Miller Orchestra.

Lisa Henry is an artist of vast accomplishments, both in and outside the realm of performance. These accomplishments include the recently televised PBS Special: In Performance at the White House, First runner-up in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition, International Jazz Ambassador to Africa, CD recordings, BET documentaries, and recognition as an international clinician and adjudicator.

As a jazz educator, Lisa takes the legacy and brilliance of jazz into classrooms and college campuses across the world. Through interactive assembly programs and vocal clinics, residencies, music business workshops, and performance adjudications, her teachings reach students from pre-school to university level.

Lisa Henry thrills audiences at home and abroad. International tours include Mumbai and Calcutta, India with Kenny Garrett; South America “Expo Cumbre” tour with Herbie Hancock; Southern and Eastern Africa tour with T.S. Monk, and a month-long performance and educational tour in Madagascar.

Throughout her stellar career, Lisa has, and continues to share the spotlight with many world renowned artists: Herbie Hancock, Anita Baker, Kenny Garrett, Clark Terry, Nnenna Freelon, Ted Curson, Rosemary Clooney, Kenny Barron, Roy Hargrove, Kevin Mahogany, Frank Mantooth, Norman Simmons, Ruben Alvarez, Tom “Bones” Malone, Lenny Pickett, Grady Tate, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jack McDuff, T.S. Monk, Claude “Fiddler” Willliams, Carmel Jones, Doc Cheethem, Wayne Shorter and Lou Rawls, to name a few.

An engaging performer, Lisa’s charm and charisma, combined with her vocal abilities, make her a performing artist of the highest caliber.

REVIEWS

“Going to a Lisa Henry jazz session is like spending an evening with a good friend. Henry’s stage presence makes you feel that you’ve known her for years. She is completely at home and on stage.”

-Mary Lusk
The Manhattan Mercury

“Lisa Henry is held in high regard as a performer, music educator and jazz clinician. Her professional acumen is an asset to any music festival or music education setting.”

-Scott Prebys, Chairman
Department of Music – University of Mary

“She is beaming, radiant, and she has the presence of all great jazz singers. Her voice is warm and deep, her presence undeniable.”

-Express De Madagascar

“What strikes you immediately is Henry’s sound: solid but sly, clear but oh-so expressive. There’s always a smile lurking at the edges of her voice.”

-Chris Shull
Midwest Jazz

“Lisa Henry has what it takes to get the attention of an audience. Lisa’s rich voice and cool phraseology will soak into your soul.”

-Dean Hampton
Jazz Ambassador Magazine

LISA HENRY

Discography

DISCOGRAPHY

TAKE ONE – Kansas City Jazz Orchestra with Harold Jones and Lisa Henry (2005)

LISA HENRY: LIVE FROM 18TH & VINE
(1999)

CLAUDE “FIDDLER” WILLIAMS: KING OF KANSAS CITY (1997)

LISA HENRY: JAM SESSION (1996)

LIVE! FROM THE PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL (NPR – 1996)

JAZZ AMBASSADORS (1995)

LIVE! FROM THE TELLURIDE JAZZ CELEBRATION (NPR-1995)

THELONIOUS MONK JAZZ AMBASSADORS – SOUTH AFRICA TOUR
(1995)

Set List

SAMPLE COVER SONGS:

Monk's Dream
Straight, No Chaser
All Blues
My Funny Valentine
Kansas City
Stormy Monday Blues
God Bless The Child
Good Morning Heartache
That's All
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To

LENGTH OF SETS:

1. 90 min. concert set
2. 55 min. sets (2 hour performances)
3. 50 min. sets (3 hour performances)
4. 45 min. sets (4 hour performances)