Elaine Lucia is well-known for her stunning voice and dynamic presence. She has been the opening act for concert acts as diverse as Michael Bolton, Billy Cobham, Al Stewart, Charlie Musselwhite and Elvin Bishop, and graced stages at world-renowned venues (Yoshi's San Francisco & Oakland) as well as festivals, wineries, private events and intimate nightclubs. Elaine has been a professional singer for most of her life (trained in Voice at Eastman School of Music), and has produced three nationally released jazz CDs that have brought her five-star reviews and airplay on international and U.S. radio and online channels. Her bands – comprised of veteran Bay Area musicians – always swing, bossa nova, samba and entertain, whether in large concert-style shows, private parties, or small, intimate settings. Elaine and her bands always put on a great show; and for private or intimate audiences, Elaine provides the perfect ambiance for your special event.
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! Elaine brought the packed house to its collective feet." (Loren Abbey, jazz reviewer)
A life-long songwriter, Elaine also plays guitar and performs as a soloist for house concerts, intimate venues, wedding ceremonies, and memorial services. She was a finalist at the 2014 West Coast Songwriters Association competition. Her original song "Sayulita" was featured in an independent film ("The Dating Game") and Elaine is currently (2015-16) recording her latest CD of all original songs (produced by Argentinian guitarist Hugo Wainziner and Brazilian pianist Weber Iago).
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. As a singer/songwriter, Elaine was heavily influenced by the four-octave singer Phoebe Snow, as well as classical singers like Elly Ameling, and great writers James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon. Current influences include Brandi Carlile, Brent Dennen and Beck.
ELAINE LUCIA SINGS...JAZZ and OTHER THINGS: 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.
Her jazz groups have always included the very best, most celebrated musicians from the Bay Area and beyond: Weber Iago, Jonathan Alford, Frank Martin, John R. Burr, and Ken Cook on piano; Randy Vincent, Jeff Massanari, , Hugo Wainzinger, Dave MacNab and Chris Pimentel on guitar, award-winning vibes player/composer Gerry Grozs; Pierre Archain, Tom Martin, Jason Carr on bass, and renowned drummers Alan Hall and Kendrick Freeman on drums. The great sax legend Bud Shank is on Elaine's first CD, "Sings Jazz and Other Things," as is Jeff Kashiwa (The Rippingtons), on her second CD, "A Sonny Day." Jazz trumpeter Eddie Ramirez, renowned percussionist Babatunde Lea and many other musicians have performed and recorded over the years. Elaine and her core trio of Jonathan Alford (Piano), Pierre Archain (bass), and Alan Hall (drums) have been together since the early 90's.
ELAINE LUCIA SINGS. WRITES SONGS. PLAYS GUITAR. : Elaine has a repertoire of original songs built over a lifetime. This music finally will receive the audience it deserves when she releases her latest CD project, "Twist Run Road." With meaningful lyrics and beautiful melodies and harmonies influenced by Antonio Carlos Jobim as well as Doc Watson and Americana guitarists, Elaine has created her own genre she calls "BossaAmericana." She has composed original songs for weddings and memorial services, and is the singer/guitarist on the song "A Mother's Anthem," which is on the "Million Mom March" CD (along with EmmyLou Harris, Ani DiFranco and others). For samples of Elaine's original songs, please request via GigMasters.