Artist's statement: “I was born into early as in the womb, my mother tells me - kicking to the beat while my dad jammed in the basement... piano lessons at age 4... shaking hands at 8 with Duke Ellington and Dave Brubeck whose sacred works my dad's chorus, the NJ Schola Cantorum, performed; being exposed to and singing most of the major oratorios at age 15... meeting Sarah Vaughan backstage at the Ritz and Betty Carter at the Village Vanguard as well as Bill Evans on my 18th birthday whom my father recorded with in college... by my mid 20’s I was singing throughout NYC in Soho, Chelsea, Greenwich Village and the Upper West Side learning my craft on the band stand... reaching for Sarah's range, Ella's scat, Miles Davis' tone and Coltrane's intention. I was not only encouraged, but expected to be a musician, and a well-rounded one at that... one who could compose, play, sing, arrange and educate…"

LAUREN HOOKER is a musician who works throughout the Metropolitan area as a jazz vocalist, pianist, songwriter, lyricist, educator, producer and storyteller. Awarded Honorable Mention as one of AllAboutJazz-NY's selected Best Vocal CDs in ‘07 for her debut CD: “Right Where I Belong", and in Royal Stokes’ List of Best Jazz Vocal CDs of ‘10 for “Life of the Music" (Miles High Records), which includes mostly original material, she is also winner of a Jazz Twirlie Award in 2011 for Jazz Vocals from Capradio, Sacramento, CA. Critics from across the nation and abroad have likened her sound to Dianne Reeves, Nancy Wilson, Anita O’Day, Sheila Jordan, Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington, but with a style uniquely her own and “a voice with its own distinctive character" (AllAboutJazzUK). Her arrangements of jazz standards and original compositions highlight her three octave vocal range and include lyricist credits to instrumental standards by Thelonius Monk, Fats Waller, Charles Mingus, Mal Waldron, Wayne Shorter and Vic Juris. Christopher Louden (JAZZ TIMES) states… “Hooker’s ability to add lyrics to instrumental classics is flat out masterful… (and) as craftswoman of original tunes can hold her own against pretty much any singer-songwriter in the business." Critics have embraced her as… “a musical renaissance woman, an artist for all seasons to watch for in the coming years" (Jazz Inside Monthly) and a “singer-pianist paving her own unique path far from the territory usually occupied by jazz vocalists." (

Ms. Hooker has appeared on a number of television shows including NJN Public Television’s State of the Arts: “Abstractions in Music, Art and Theater" filmed live at the Cape May Jazz Festival and on BCAT "Brooklyn Sings, Brooklyn Swings Series" shown throughout the five boroughs. She has been featured on numerous radio stations across the country and abroad including WBGO's Singer's Unlimited with Michael Bourne and WKCR 89.9 in NYC with Sharif Abdus-Salaam, and has performed and/or recorded with some of the best in the business: Rufus Reid, Allen Farnham, Tim Horner, Mike Richmond, Vic Juris, Bucky Pizzarelli, Reggie Workman and Billy Holiday’s former pianist, Mal Waldron to name a few. She has appeared in many NYC venues including The Jolly Madison Hotel, Smoke Jazz and Supper Club, Barry Harris’ Jazz Cultural Theatre, The International Women in Jazz Festival, Greenwich Village Jazz Festival, The 55 Bar, Sweetwaters and St. Peter’s Jazz Vespers. In NJ she has performed at the Cape May Jazz Festival, The Puffin Cultural Forum, Barron Art Center, Trumpets, Montclair’s Women in Jazz Festival, and The Jazz Series at Two Rivers Theater in Red Bank to name a few.

Legendary Jazz Bassist, Rufus Reid, writes in his liner notes (Life of the Music Fall ‘10) “Lauren Hooker’s voice possesses a myriad of colors that successfully embraces this ambitious and eclectic program. Her voice is rich, robust, and full of emotion that only experience can bring… a close-up view of Lauren’s broad musical scope and fine musicianship…" AllAboutJazz states: “Life Of The Music, with its engaging original material and intelligently crafted covers, might just get plenty of people hooked on Lauren Hooker.“ In regards to her debut CD, Scott Yanow from JAZZ IMPROV NY states… “a skilled scatter, talented lyricist and songwriter…intriguing, impressive…"

A graduate from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Music Education Degree and a Concentration in Theater, Lauren is a former music teacher at the acclaimed Bank Street School in NYC and several Montessori Schools throughout the region. She is dedicated to the education of young and old alike, conducting jazz vocal workshops, teacher training symposiums, as well as group and private music lessons. She also performs regularly as a storyteller and musician via her Arts in Education Company: Musical Legends, LLC, that includes a Jazz 4 Kids show featured twice in WBGO's Children's Jazz Series, as well as Native American, African, Chinese and Brazilian stories with original and traditional music: teaching cultures through the arts and arts through the cultures.

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John Bianculli, Ted Brancatto, Belden Bullock, Rahn Burton, Joe Cardello, Michael Cochrane, Roy Cumming, Loren Daniels, Glenn Davis, Santi Debriano, Dena DeRose, Bob Devos, John DiMartino, Leon Dorsey, Vince Ector, Allen Farnham, Mac Goldsberry, John Hart, Freddie Hendrix, Calvin Hill, Tim Horner, Chip Jackson, Gregory M. Jones, Vic Juris, Bill Mays, Andy McCloud, Cecil McBee, Maryanne McSweeney, Paul Meyers, Allison Miller, Bill Moring, Steve Nelson, Tomoko Ohno, Rufus Reid, Dave Rimelis, Mike Richmond, Jim Ridl, Scott Robinson, Bob Rodriguez, Warren Smith, Vinny Valentino, Frederick Waites, Mal Waldron, Bobby Watson, Martin Wind and Reggie Workman


• “All For You – My Heart and Soul" Co-produced my Ted Brancato and Lauren Hooker featuring mostly original compositions. Musical Legends Records, Sept ’14
• “Life of the Music" Co-produced by Mathew Weiner and Lauren Hooker featuring original material and jazz standards. Miles High Records, April ‘10. In W. Royal Stokes’ List of Best Jazz Vocal CDs of ‘10. (Member: Downbeat Critics Poll)
• “Right Where I Belong" Co-produced by Rufus Reid, Allen Farnham and Lauren Hooker featuring original lyrics to jazz standards, original compositions and jazz standards. Musical Legends Records, May ‘07, Awarded Honorable Mention: one of AllAboutJazz-New York's selected Best CDs ‘07.
• "Lauren Hooker Sings with Mal Waldron" - Featuring Lauren's original compositions with lyrics written to Mal's "Seagulls of Kristiansund". Jimmy Madison Studios, NYC, 1989 UNRELEASED

• NJN Public Television’s "State of the Arts" documentary entitled “Abstractions in Music, Art and Theater" filmed live at The Cape May Jazz Festival.
• BCAT filmed live at the "Brooklyn Sings, Brooklyn Swings Series" NY.
• “Broadway to Business", Warner Brothers, RCN, NYC.
• "The Beautiful", Marlies Yearby, Director, BRIC Studios, Brooklyn NY.
• "The Enquiring Naturalist", Q.P.T.V., Queens, NY.
• "For Arts Sake", C.T.N. Cable Television, East Brunswick, NJ.
• "Life of the Music", Public Access TV, Channel 34, White Plains, NY.
• “Neighborhood Journal", Cablevision, NJ.

• Radio Station ID’s:
International: "Jazz on the Big-Apple" with Tony Soley, England; ;."It's A Jazz Thing" UK Jazz Radio and Deborah Evans on FM99.3, Australia; CKMN-FM 96.5, Canada; Joost van Steen WCVF The Netherlands. USA: KPOV LPFM, Bend, Oregon “The Jazz Lover", U92FM, Memphis, Tenn.; Mercyhurst College 88.5 JAZZ FM;, “The Cuban Bridge" @ WWPV 88.7 FM Colchester VT; “,Jazz Ballads & Blues with Al Lubiejewski,WQLN FM Erie, PA; "The Jazz Is Out There" Blazeradio with Albert Pride", Alabama.; Jazz 88, WPTC, Williamsport, PA; “Jazz & Blues TourJazz Flight WQLN Radio in Erie, PA; WVST- FM VA State U Radio, WERU-FM 89.9 (Blue Hill), Maine.
• "Gemstone Genies", Peter Pan Records, Hillside Sound Studios, Englewood, NJ.
• "Professional Women in NJ" (Promotional Film) Tru Color Labs, Paramus, NJ.
• "NASA", (Educational Program) Fox Studios, Rutherford, NJ.

• Fairleigh Dickinson University, Bachelor of Arts: Music Education (K-12), Theater Concentration.
• Bank Street College, Masters course work.
• Manhattan School of Music, Masters course work in conducting.
• Bloomingdale House of Music, Orff Teacher Training.

• Private Instruction: Paul Gallagher: Voice. Keith MacDonald: Piano (Jazz/Classical).
• Choral Work: NJ Schola Cantorum: Louis Hooker/conductor. Ars Musica Chorale: Italo Marchini/ conductor.
• Workshops: H B Studios, "Advanced Singing": George Axiltree. Manhattan School of Music: Jazz Singing with Sheila Jordan. NY School for Commercial Music: Voice overs. Rutgers University: Jazz Theory with Kenny Barron. Omega Institute: Bobbie McFerrin: "Jazz Vocals", David Darling: "Improvisation", Ubaka Hill: African Drumming. Artist Teacher Institute: Scholarship Recipient, Arts Horizons, William Paterson University. Ron McBee, Music; Candance Hunkley-Kamate, Dance.