Born: July 20, 1977 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Lela Kaplowitz was born in a little town of Sisak in a former Yugoslavia, today Croatia. She began professionally singing at 16 years of age. Lela studied the vocal improvisation with Sheila Jordan (www.sheilajordan.com) at the Jazz Conservatorium in Graz (Austria), and later in New York with world-renowned jazz musicians like Jay Clayton (www.jayclayton.com), Mark Murphy (www.markmurphy.com), Barry Harris (www.barryharris.com), and Kate McGarry (www.katemcgarry.com). Lela also attended the Berklee Summer Music Workshop in Perugia, Italy, and studied at the New School in New York while living there...
Awards:New York International Music Festival USA - 2003 (finals) Savannah Music Festival USA - 2004 (finals) Bucharest Jazz Festival Romania - 2008 (finals) Lady Summertime Finland - 2009 (1st prize grand jury and public vote)
I found Lela to be an extremely talented vocalist... By Sheila Jordan
I appreciate Lela's radiant talent, creativity and individuality. With her sensibility and intelligence, Lela avoids the pitfalls of imitation and servile reproduction, and gives the songs a perfectly personal interpretation. By Miles Griffith
Lela Kaplowitz has a remarkable tone, great timing and essentially gives a vocal... By Brent Black (Criticaljazz.com)
Anyone who has ever seen her perform live is sure to remember her unique, brilliant voice, her immense charisma and her charm, grace and exotic beauty. Even when she sings jazz standards, Lela goes well beyond fine interpretation, embodying each song, giving it new life, new meanings, deeper siginificance... By Juan F. Merino (El Diario La Prensa)
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