Lisa Bauer


Lisa Bauer, originally from Gauteng, South Africa, graduated from the South African College of Music at UCT in 2004 with a degree in Jazz Performance in vocals and drum kit (with a distinction in singing).

Lisa started singing harmonies to her father's LP's of Classical Music, Musicals and Jazz artists such as Billy Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennet, Oscar Petersen and Ray Brown, from age 4. She sang as a soloist in her primary school choir, performed professionally as a guitarist/singer/drummer during High School, studied the violin from age 12 and drums from the age of 16. It was in 1998 while studying classical piano and violin at Stellenbosch that Lisa joined Gavin Fullard's Jazz vocal group Track Five (in the style of bands such as Manhattan Transfer and Take 6) as an alto. Lisa recorded two albums with Track Five who also performed with Big Bands Jazz Attack, UCT Big Band, The Glenn Miller Orchestra South Africa and the Jonny Cooper Big Band.

She has also performed, recorded and has been a member of projects and artists that include The Glen Miller Orchestra South Africa, Mamavox (with Amanda Tiffin, Monique Hellenberg and Mimi Ntenjwa), The Rudimentals, Souled (with Melanie Scholtz, Raghnild Tveitan and Shane Cooper) and released an EP with electro-lounge group Nightlife Conspiracy in 2008. Apart from her own Quartet, she currently works with groups such as Baobab Three, One Sky (with Matthew Rice & Max Starcke) and LMR Trio (with Max Starcke & Ronan Skillen). Her Jazz Quintet performed at the Silvertree Restaurant Winter Concert Series in 2008.

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“…Jazz in South Africa is of a very high standard and “Finding A New Way” is an album that is one of those leaders…” Eric Alan, Jazz Rendezvous, Radio 2000

“…Finding A New Way is an album each of these fine musicians can be very proud of. Lisa Bauer certainly has a lot to live up to after producing a debut album of this calibre…” Dex Goodman, WhatsonSA Magazine

“…Lisa put her heart into this one as though she has witnessed how ‘the stars forgot to shine’…” Carol Martin, South African Jazz Educators (SAJE)

“…An incredible album, total quality showing what a true South African vocal jazz album should sound like

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Primary Instrument


Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


Jazz vocals teacher - part-time at University of Cape Town. Jazz Band coach/teacher and private vocals and drums teacher at the American International School of Cape Town. Contact via website for further info.

Albums by Lisa Bauer


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