3:45pm / April, 11th 2015View Map
NOLA Defender Stage
Jazz chanteuse Lisa Lynn rocketed to the status of New Orleans “name” in a remarkably short time. Since the 90s she’s heated up nearly two dozen of this legendary city’s top stages, getting met with both popular and critical acclaim. Offbeat Magazine described Lisa’s first CD, 2003’s torchy Ten Cents A Dance, as sultry, bluesy, and even down-home gutbucket but with the accent on drama. Her second release, 2006’s Call Me Baby, extends her reach and deepens her power: The Toledo Blade variously described her performances here as “saucy,” “wonderful” and “unique,” while Offbeat again chimed in that she “light[s] a few fires.” Lisa’s in-progress recording, I’m No Angel, scheduled for release in 2007, promises to set her place at the table of the Crescent City’s best. No one sings jazz and blues without a flair for the dramatic. Lisa got hooked on the theater, especially musical theater, as a youngster, thanks to her mother, who took the family to see musicals of all kinds. Lisa credits both her parents for her talent for vocalizing: Her dad, a self-taught pianist, encouraged her singing, taking breaks from rec room Ping-Pong to back her up as best he could. By the time she had her high school diploma in hand, Lisa had performed in Bye Bye Birdie, Damn Yankees, Guys and Dolls, and even the operatic Amahl and the Night Visitors, among others. Singing the sounds of New Orleans, what isn’t drama is poetry. While studying for her Master’s degree in poetry at the University of New Orleans she has a chapbook and several magazine publications of her writing, as well as a long list of credits as a lecturer Lisa began sitting in with local jazz musicians. “I needed to sing,” she says. “It was something that kept my spirit alive.” That need had to turn into a career. Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, the Bombay Club, the Fairmont Hotel, Storyville, The Ritz Carlton: These are just a few of the famous New Orleans stages Lisa has graced. Outside the Crescent City, she has performed in Shreveport, Louisiana; several cities in Ohio; Florida, Alabama, Detroit Motor City, and her favorite, Cape Cod. Lisa Lynn recently formed her own jazz trio. In 2004 she joined forces with two other New Orleans singers, Julia La Shae and Ellen Smith, for several performances as “The Swinging Singers Showcase,” a program they plan to revive soon. Though she gigs everywhere, Lisa has recently been a regular attraction at Fritzel’s Jazz Parlor on Bourbon Street, where her sound can be savored every Sunday night.