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Bethlehem, Pa., August 21, 2008—Jazz Vocalist Lou Lanza will present “Vocalese” at Moravian College on Friday, September 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall on the Hurd Campus. Philadelphia native and critically acclaimed jazz vocalist, Lou Lanza, celebrates the lyrics (and music) of Jon Hendricks, the greatest jazz lyricist and pioneer in the art of vocalese [the art of putting lyrics to instrumental tunes & improvised solos]. Lanza is an artist lecturer in jazz voice and jazz vocal ensemble director at Moravian College.
Hailed as one of the top 500 jazz vocalists of all time by Scott Yanow in his book The Jazz Singers, Lanza will be joined by Orin Evans (piano), Larry McKenna (sax), John Swana (trumpet), Pete Colangelo (bass) & Byron Landham (drums) for a great evening of vocal jazz.
Lanza has fashioned a distinctive and recognizable style that successfully unites the vulnerability of Chet Baker, Mel Torme and a young Frank Sinatra with the hard-bop risk-taking of Mark Murphy and Jon Hendricks. His recordings include: The Road Not Taken (C.A.B. Records), Corner Pocket (J-Bird Records), Shadows and Echoes (Challenge Records), and Opening Doors: A Jazz Tribute to The Doors and An Intimate Portrait in Blue. He was named the top male jazz vocalist of 2004 in the reader's poll of Rio de Janeiro's Tribuna da Imprensa for the album opening Doors, and An Intimate Portrait In Blue was listed among the top ten overall jazz albums of 2006 in the same publication.
Admission is $15 for adults, and $10 for students, senior citizens, and children under 12. Advance tickets available from Moravian College Music Department by calling 610-861-1650 or via Lehigh Valley Box Office (www.lvartsboxoffice.org). For more information call 610-861-1650 or visit the website: www.moravian.edu/music.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.