Lauren Desberg Lauren Desberg

Lauren Desberg’s songs are not the dated sounds of speakeasies and flappers, nor are they the type to be tucked into small lounges or clubs. Lauren’s voice and music fuse together the past and the present, combining classic jazz standards and measures with today’s popular music and lyrics. It’s meant for iPhone’s- morning train commutes and cocktail party playlists. The Harlem-based vocalist simultaneously pays homage to traditional jazz while adding her own contemporary feel—she embodies the spirit of her generation yet defies expectations all the same.

Lauren grew up in Los Angeles, CA—born to a musical family who had her singing from day one. Her younger years were filled with choirs and musicals, while her radio played jazz and 90’s teen groups alike. Lauren attended the prestigious Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA), where she decided to pursue Jazz wholeheartedly. There she sang with LACHSA’s jazz ensembles along with the Gibson-Baldwin Grammy Ensembles, the Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony and performed at the Monterey and Playboy Jazz Festivals.

Lauren attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she formed her own musical convictions. As she told Complex UK, “It was a different attitude and vibe and I really liked it…It opened me up to other worlds.” There, she won the ASCAP Foundation’s Leiber and Stoller Music Award and sang with the Beantown Swing Orchestra. Lauren recorded her first EP, Sideways, produced by Gretchen Parlato. Sideways and her single “I Wanna Be Like You” were reviewed by NPR and receive airplay on jazz stations worldwide.

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”The last time you heard this song, it's likely the singer was an animated dancing orangutan. The great Louis Prima voiced the character King Louie for Walt Disney's The Jungle Book: “Now, I'm the king of the swingers,” he intones, as a talking monkey might. This version of the song is from the young singer Lauren Desberg: She's only got one EP out, plus this single, but there's certainly something really pleasing about her take on it. Gretchen Parlato, one of Desberg's mentors, produced this session, and it sounds not unlike her own music: not much for vocal acrobatics, but full of serious musicianship from all quarters

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