Thursday, August 22, 2013

Lyn Stanley: Lost in Romance

© -Steven Cerra, copyright protected; all rights reserved.

"one of the top jazz albums of 2013”f

“Lyn Stanley’s Lost in Romance is her recording debut but, as it is IMMEDIATELY apparent, she is far form a novice. Blessed with a beautiful voice that is both youthful and mature, she believes in the words she sings, pays attention to the lyrics and the melodies and proves to be a superior singer.”
- Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Critic

“… MUSICALITY, BELIEVABILITY AND STORY TELLING. These are the qualities that have appealed to me the most [… and why I agreed to write the insert notes to Lyn’s CD]. These are the qualities that have appealed to me the most in all the many singers I’ve heard over the past few decades. And Lyn possess all of them.”
- Don Heckman, Jazz Critic

The editorial staff at JazzProfiles only recently received its preview copy of vocalist Lyn Stanley’s latest CD – Lost in Romance CD [A.T. Music 3101], but after listening to Lyn’s superb vocal Jazz renditions, we thought we put the accompanying press release information out “as is” especially for those of you with ready access to the greater Los Angeles area.

LYN STANLEY'S "Lost In Romance" Album Release & Party

Los Angeles, CA -July 26, 2013 - Ms. Lyn Stanley's debut album. Lost In Romance, has set August 13 for it's release date. The debut album's release party includes ten of her album's musicians playing and is scheduled for Tuesday, August 27 at Catalina Jazz Club and Grill in Los Angeles. The jazz party will have a tribute to (the late) veteran jazz pianist, Paul Smith, Ms. Stanley's mentor. There will also be ballroom dance performances by USA Latin Champions, Thomas and Iza Lewandowski.

The jazz party will include 13 of Los Angeles’ finest jazz musicians including pianist Tamir Hendelman, Mike Lang, Llew Matthews, bassists Kevin Axt and Jim DeJulio, drummer Bernie Dresel and horn-men such as trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, trombonist Bob McChesney, and saxophonist Bob Sheppard. Steve Rawlins serves as musical director. The arrangements are provided by project's producer Steve Rawlins, Hendelman, Matthews, and DeJulio. Jazz critic Don Heckman will emcee the tribute to Paul Smith.

Lost In Romance will be available in both CD and 45~rpm LP versions. Available on, CdBaby, iTunes and The release party is set for August 27 at 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm) at the Catalina Bar and Grill Jazz Club, 6725 W. Sunset Blvd., #100, Los Angeles, CA. For tickets go to here and type in event 415152.

You can also call Catalina’s at (323) 466-2210 to reserve your table (two-drink OR dinner minimum plus cover). Advance tickets are $25 for cover ($35.00 day of event). Limited seating.

© -Michael Bloom, copyright protected; all rights reserved.

And here’s what Michael Bloom says about LYN STANLEY'S "Lost In Romance" in his media release:

“Loaded with a sultry voice, musically, lyric connection and great rhythm, Lyn Stanley separates herself from the new jazz singers inundating the market. Don Grigware from Broadway World headlined her as "stunningly beautiful" and having that special "je ne sais quoi" of a star caliber performer.

Lyn really does get rhythm; she was a 2010 USA Pro/Am Champion in ballroom dance champion. Six months later, on February 13, ion, she had her singing debut accompanied by veteran world class pianist (the late) Paul Smith and his Trio, to a packed house at Alva's Showroom in Southern California.

Paul T. Smith, best known for his long association as Ella Fitzgerald's accompanist/arranger, became Ms. Stanley's mentor along with his wife vocalist Annette Warren. They helped bring Lyn to stage her rich alto tones, elegance, abundant warmth and genuine personality. Since her debut with the Paul Smith Trio, Lyn has since performed at Yale University's Iseman Theater, the Arthur Newman Theatre in Palm Desert and the prestigious Sterling's Upstairs at Vitello's in Studio City where she received stellar reviews.

Lyn was born in Tacoma, Washington. Her father played jazz piano by ear in the style of Enroll Garner. Her Grandfather was an opera singer in his Bulgarian homeland before immigrating to America. Growing up in a household playing Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, Rosemary Clooney and Frank Sinatra albums, Lyn found her favorites and trained by singing along. But she admits her favorite album song teacher was saxophonist, Stanley Turrentine, as she prefers to lean from instrumentalist over other singers.

Lyn's debut album Lost In Romance, was conceived with the thought of bringing jazz back to its roots in dancing. The album features 15 tracks around the theme of the ins-and-outs of love with arrangements by Tamir Hendelman, Steve Rawiins, Llew Matthews, Jim Dejulio using dance tempos and rhythms. The album features 13 of Los Angeles' finest jazz musicians in four different trios, A second version of the album entitled "Jazz in the Ballroom" will be remixed and marketed to ballroom dancers worldwide. The album has been critically acclaimed as being "one of the top jazz albums of 2013"

For order information please go to Lyn's website where you will also find videos and album details.”

Here’s an audio-only track of You Go To My Head that features Lyn along with Bob McChesney on trombone, Mike Lang on piano, Jim DeJulio on bass and Jeff Hamilton on drums.

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