THE BLACK BOX Jazz in July
Performed by : Lauren Kinhan
THE BLACK BOX Jazz in July Series presents Lauren Kinhan with the Mark Poniatowski Trio on Friday, July 19. Jazz vocalist Lauren Kinhan possesses a rare and beautiful instrument, tough and tender, clear and fine-grained in every register, whether she’s dipping down into husky chest tones, or ascending into silvery head voice. Whether on her own highly-acclaimed albums, as a 25-year member of the beloved vocal group New York Voices, or as co-founder of two diverse and inventive supergroups, Moss and JaLaLa, singer/songwriter Lauren has always forged her own path as a performer, composer, and improviser.
The Mark Poniatowski Trio, is led by bassist, composer, and arranger Mark Poniatowski, with Mark Shilansky (Piano) and Mike Connor (Drums). An associate professor in the Contemporary Writing and Production department at Berklee College of Music, Mark Poniatowski’s extensive experience includes performances with the Bruce Katz Band, Toni Lynn Washington Band, Kenny Hadley Big Band, Soul Kitchen, Floyd Dixon, Sid Caesar, Rita Moreno, Bob Newhart, Junior Watson, Janiva Magness, and Kid Ramos.
About Lauren Kinhan:
The first thing you notice is her voice, and then her savvy choices. With her glorious sound, Lauren could sing anything and make it a memorable listening experience. When legendary Phil Ramone discovered and signed Lauren at a Bitter End performance in NYC in 1997, he saw all that and a vision for creative songwriting that went beyond the norm de rigeur.
With her latest recording, A Sleepin’ Bee on her own Dotted i Records, Kinhan once again steers herself in unexpected directions that is at once the first all-standards collection of her career, a loving tribute to legendary vocalist Nancy Wilson, and an unmistakably Lauren Kinhan album – with all the unique perspective and idiosyncratic personality that has come to imply. Downbeat Magazine agreed, giving it 4 1/2 Stars in it’s February 2018 issue!
Learn more about Lauren here!