Elaine Lucia has been performing and recording for over twenty-five years and has produced three nationally released jazz CDs that have brought her five-star reviews and airplay on jazz station across the country. Her energetic and engaging show has graced stages as diverse as world-renowned Yoshi's San Francisco to festivals, wineries, private events and intimate nightclubs. The band can swing, bossa nova, samba and entertain in large concert venues and small, intimate settings. Elaine's "Lucia Sings Lee" is a tribute show to the late, great Peggy Lee. Her jazz group includes celebrated guitarist Randy Vincent and award-winning vibes player/composer Gerry Grozs. Elaine and her core trio of Jonathan Alford (Piano), Pierre Archain (bass), and Alan Hall (drums) have been together since the early 90's.
ONE REVIEWER WROTE OF ELAINE'S LIVE SHOW:
"Alluring at times; boisterous, bouncy and engaging at others. Funny, witty, delicate and eloquent, but always - always - classy and thoroughly professional. And she can sing! Oh my, can she sing!
Appearing with a quartet of unbelievably talented side-men, Jonathan Alford, piano; Pierre Archain, bass; Alan Hall, drums; and special guest, guitarist Gary Vogensen, Elaine brought the packed house to its collective feet." (Loren Abbey, jazz reviewer)
A classically trained (Eastman School) vocalist and singer/songwriter, Elaine brings her crystal clear tones and musician's sensibility to a unique, engaging sound. Known as a "musician's singer," Elaine has garnered the respect of her musical peers for her sophisticated swing, eclectic song choices, and dynamic stage presence.
Her various influences include the greats like Ella, Judy and Peggy Lee, as well as world-music artists like Cesaria Evora and Sheila Chandra. A singer/songwriter, Elaine was heavily influenced by the four-octave singer Phoebe Snow, as well as classical singers like Elly Ameling.
Elaine's CDs do not give justice to the dynamic show that she and her band have produced hundreds of times over the years. With her musical theater background, Elaine is an accomplished public speaker and can emcee your event or create the perfect ambiance for a wedding reception.
In a concert setting, Elaine and the band are truly enthralling, with each musician contributing many years of jazz mastery on their instrument. The interplay between Elaine and the band is remarkable, as well; they are friends and fellow musicians…not just a female vocalist with her "back-up" band. Elaine considers herself, and her voice, "just another instrument in a fantastic band."
Jazz: everything from standards to bossa nova and sambas, to contemporary jazz and jazzy arrangements of pop, folk or even classical songs. Duo, Trio, Quartet, Quintet or Sextet featuring outstanding guitar, vibes, sax, percussion or combination to suit your event.
"Lucia Sings Lee:" This is a two-set tribute to the late, great Peggy Lee, complete with costumes. Retrospective of her days with the Benny Goodman band, the many songs she co-wrote with her husband Dave Barbour, and all of her biggest hits like "Fever," "Is That All There Is?" and many more. Anecdotes and stories fill in-between songs. This show written with the help of Ms. Lee's discographer, Wayne Rankin.
"The Art of Singing - Classical Jazz to Jazz Classics:" 2-sets; The first set,"Classical Jazz," is a beautiful and unique presentation of classical songs re-arranged with jazz harmonies/instrumentation. Songs are performed in chronological order. The second set presents "Jazz Classics," presented in the style of 'classical' art songs, that is, as the composer wrote them, very simply and masterfully sung. The voice as an instrument, played by a virtuoso.
Jonathan Alford (piano),
Pierre Archain (bass),
Randy Vincent (Guitar),
Gerry Grosz (Vibes),
Alan Hall (drums)