I was going on gigs with my father at 12. We were doing different things, R&B, jazz, whatever he would want me to learn, that's what I would sing.
LaVerne grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana, and developed her love for jazz while performing on stage with her father, jazz saxophonist Scott Butler. After becoming a vocalist with the jazz band at the University of New Orleans, LaVerne went to Bourbon Street. There, she became a regular in her own right on the New Orleans jazz scene. But it was Jon Hendricks of the jazz vocal group Lambert, Hendricks and Ross who encouraged her to think like an instrument and move to New York. She has since worked with such music masters as Ellis Marsalis, Henry Butler (no relation), Edward Frank, Alvin Batiste, Earl Turbinton, and the late James Black....
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