Lou Lanza

Philadelphia born and raised with a family of specialty performers preceding him, Lou Lanza has music in his veins. He has performed live across the country bringing his jazz vocals and piano talents to countless events boasting years of experience.

Philadelphia Wedding Jazz Artist, Lou Lanza!

Lou Lanza is a native Philadelphian 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 & vocalist mother. His jazz influence came from another one of his relatives, Vince Trombetta, a saxophonist & arranger who served as musical director of The Mike Douglas Show.

“There is an intensity to his singing that is unique, upbeat and hip; his musicianship is extraordinary.”

 Donald True Van Deusen, The Philadelphia Inquirer

His live performances in Philadelphia, New York, London, Los Angeles, & Las Vegas, to mention a few, have earned him the admiration of many industry professionals, colleagues, and fans. Lou’s recordings include:

  •  The Road Not Taken (C.A.B. Records),
  • Corner Pocket (J-Bird Records),
  • Shadows and Echoes (Challenge Records)
  •  Opening Doors: A Jazz Tribute to The Doors
  • An Intimate Portrait in Blue

He was named the top male jazz vocalist in the reader’s poll of Rio de Janeiro’s Tribuna da Imprensa for the album Opening Doors. An Intimate Portrait In Blue was listed among the top ten overall albums of 2006 in the same publication.

BVTLive! Jazz vocalist Lou Lanza

Lou is considered to be among the top 500 jazz band vocalists of all time by noted jazz critic, historian, and author Scott Yanow and is listed as such in his book The Jazz Singers. Scott has this to say about Lou: “Lou Lanza is one of the few potentially major male jazz singers under the age of 60 on the jazz scene today. His warm voice, subtle improvising and unpredictable repertoire make him a singer well worth discovering.”

“Lanza, a singer, songwriter, leader, is perhaps the most accomplished male vocalist working in this area.”

Donald True Van Deusen, www.allaboutjazz.com

Lou is currently working on several projects for release, most notably Scenes from An Italian, a jazz reworking of songs by Billy Joel. He is also working on some sacred works as well as setting William Shakespeare’s sonnets and poetry to music. In addition to his performing, teaching, and writing, Lou is a member of the music faculty at Moravian College where he teaches musical theatre & various jazz-oriented practicums, and DeSales University for musical theatre vocal studies.

Book Lou Lanza for your Philadelphia Wedding or Event Entertainment!

If you want a jazz artist who knows the ins and outs of the industry, and with national act experience Lou Lanza is your guy! Elevate your event by booking a premier jazz ensemble with BVTLive! Click the button below to speak with an entertainment specialist!