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Jazz and Latin Jazz vocalist, Lauren Henderson, paints reflective and impassioned stories with her instrument.
Described as "somewhere between a comforting whisper and a cogent declaration" by The New York Times, Henderson's eclectic vocal influences spread across genres producing a distinct yet versatile sound.
Her original music was recently featured in The Drowning, directed by Bette Gordon and starring Julia Stiles, Avan Jogia, Josh Charles and Tracie Thoms.
Henderson's compositions navigate journeys imposed through the African Diaspora in connection to her Panamanian, Montserratian, and vast Caribbean roots as they interplay with her North American upbringing.
The recording artist, composer and producer from Massachusetts broke the Jazz Week Charts - Top 40 for six consecutive weeks and the Year End Jazz Week Top 100 for 2018. Her recent release Alma Oscura (2019) climbed to the Jazz Week Charts - Top 25. Lauren's music resonates with listeners in the US and abroad. Preparing for her 5th tour of Europe in July 2019, Henderson has performed in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Russia, Mexico and South Africa!
Founder and CEO of Brontosaurus Records, Lauren Henderson will graduate with her Executive Master of Business Administration from Brown University (RI) and the IE Business School (Madrid) in May of 2019.
Having earned college degrees in both Music and Hispanic Studies, at Wheaton College (MA), Lauren continues to combine her love of music and culture. While living in Puebla, México she studied the traditional music of the Yucatán and popular music throughout the country at Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla. Through her international piano and voice studies, she worked on developing her musicianship. In Córdoba, España she studied flamenco and its similarities to jazz at La Universidad de Córdoba.
Henderson began study piano at an early age. She grew up singing in church and school choirs, as well as listening to jazz records her parents and grandparents played in the house. Timid as a young musician, she was always reluctant to sing solos, until given a gentle push by mentors shortly before heading to Wheaton College (MA) to receive her Bachelor of Arts. At Wheaton, she discovered her voice, becoming the Musical Director of her singing group, a member of Jazz Band, studying classical voice and musical theatre, as well as finding inspiration in her professors and master classes with artists like Paquito D’Rivera and Take6.
She has had the opportunity to study with legendary and influential musicians like Barry Harris at the Barry Harris Workshop. Lauren has had the opportunity to study and perform with Grammy-Nominated Vocalist, Jane Monheit, and Grammy-Nominated Pianist, Michael Kanan.
In 2011 Henderson released her debut album, Lauren Henderson. It was recorded almost immediately upon her arrival in New York. Henderson recorded with close friend and musical partner, Sullivan Fortner (piano), along with Ben Leifer (bass), and Jesse Simpson (drums). Intended as a demo to break into New York’s competitive jazz scene, the work was shared with colleagues and fellow musicians and ultimately reviewed by various publications, including DownBeat Magazine, JazzTimes and All About Jazz.
Her second release, A La Madrugada (2015), features Sullivan Fortner on piano, Ameen Saleem on bass, Louis Fouche on alto saxophone, Jonathan Powell on trumpet, Riley Mulherkar on trumpet, and Jeremy Bean Clemmons on drums and percussion. It landed in the JazzWeek Top 100 for over 3 weeks.
In March of 2018, Henderson released ÁRMAME under the direction of Grammy-Nominated Producer and Emmy-Winner, Mark Ruffin! This album will features Terri Lyne Carrington, Josh Evans, Godwin Louis, Sullivan Fortner, Eric Wheeler, Nick Tannura, Nanny Assis, and Joe Saylor and charted in the JazzWeek Top 40.
Riptide (2018), Henderson's bold EP, features six original compositions she developed with Nick Tannura (guitar), Chris Pattishall (paino), Eric England (bass) and Joe Saylor (drums).
Alma Oscura (2019), Henderson’s fourth studio album is produced by Michael Thurber (Stay Human on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, CDZA, The Royal Shakespeare Company). This album features original compositions that reflect the roster's jazz, Latin jazz, flamenco, folk and classical roots. Featured Artists include Leo Sidran, Joe Saylor, Tessa Lark, Michael Thurber, Sullivan Fortner, Charles Overton, Allan Mednard, Emi Ferguson. Jon Lampley and Mark Dover.
Stay tuned for Meditação featuring Sullivan Fortner, Eric Wheeler and Allan Mednard in 2020.
All Henderson's music is available on iTunes, Amazon, Pandora, Spotify and CDBaby!
PHOTOGRAPH BY LAUREN DESBERG