Intimate Portrait in Blue
Lou Lanza is a Philadelphia native who thrives on the cultural and musical heritage of that city. Lou has music in his genes - an opera singer grandfather, a classical violinist father, and a pianist, organist & music teaching mother. His jazz influence came from another of his relatives, Vince Trombetta, a saxophonist & arranger who served as musical director of The Mike Douglas Show. Lou's music teachers include Jimmy Bruno and Larry McKenna. His live performances in Philadelphia, New York, and Atlantic City have earned him the admiration of many industry professionals including Bootsie Barnes, Henry Mancini, & Tony Bennett. Some of Lou's CDs 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 (to be released next spring). Lou has appeared in a series jazz related of spots on BET, will be listed among the top 500! Jazz vocalists of all time in The Jazz Singers by critic/author Scott Yanow (to be published by Backbeat Books), was voted among the top five male jazz vocalists of 2003 in the Brazil Press Tribune, won the poll in 2005 for opening Doors: A Jazz Tribute To The Doors, and placed 2nd in 2006 for An Intimate Portrait In Blue, which also placed in the top 10 albums of the year.