NYC Vocalist and musician Lizzie Thomas @Lizziethejazzsinger has made a name for herself as a swinging, sultry vocalist with a beautiful stage presence. Her phrasing is effortless and naturally swings. She captivates her audience by going straight to the heart of the lyric.
Her latest release, New Sounds From the Jazz Age, recorded in a “live” setting, is a uniquely beautiful and provocative new sound on the songbook classics we know and love. The album celebrates Ms. Thomas’ ability to vocalize on racing tempos, effortlessly pivot between styles and key changes, and dig deep into the rich complexities of Ellington, Porter, and Gershwin. Featuring Russell Malone on guitar, John Colianni on piano, Jay Leonhart on bass, Felix Peikli on clarinet and Bernard Linnette on drums.
For Ms Thomas, jazz is a purely American art form steeped in tradition that allows for endless innovation. “I can call a tune for the rest of my life, and I will never sing it the same way. That’s freedom,” she says, “that’s provocative - that’s jazz.”
“Lizzie Thomas has a clear but world-wise voice and struts with boldness.” Jazz Weekly
“There is a joy to Lizzie’s vocal performance that is certain to make you feel good.” Michael Doherty Music Log.
“This singer takes risks that other singers wouldn't dare try” Bebop Spoken Here.
“She not only reinvigorates the classic repertoire; she renders it timeless. “(Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)
She began studying classical piano at age 8, clarinet at 10 before her voice was discovered at 12. Lizzie graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance with graduate studies in Music Education from Belmont University in Nashville, TN, where she honed her craft under the celebrated Sandra Dudley. With Dudley, she found her highly personal musical expression with jazz and the American Songbook. It wasn’t hard to fall under the spell of jazz.
Ms. Thomas says, “I fell in love with the improvisational spirit of jazz and the emotions proclaimed and evoked.” Diving into the work of the masters led her to realize that “Ella (Fitzgerald) makes me smile, Billie (Holiday) keeps me honest, and Porter & Ellington keep me intrigued.”
She then moved to New York City, where she has won high praise working with many, including Russell Malone, Jay Leonhart, Xavier Davis, Alvester Garnett, Michael Kanan, Ron Affif, Frank Lacy, Antoine Drye, Pasquale Grasso, and John Colianni. Lizzie has captivated audiences with her performances in clubs, restaurants, private parties, and the NYC lounge scene. She has also held down a monthly residency at 90 Thompson St in Soho, New York City, for ten years. Lizzie has produced four albums on GOLD Music; New Sounds From the Jazz Age (2020) More Than You Know (2010), Easy to Love (2013), and a timeless holiday offering Santa Baby (2014).