After 35 years in the Military as a Police Officer and achieving the rank of Colonel, Lutalo Olutosin aka ' Sweet Lu’ Olutosin found that his calling to be a Jazz Vocalist was still as strong as it was the day he entered Military Service.
Today Lu is a Bandleader, featured Soloist, and Recording Artist. His freshman release achieved status on the CMJ Jazz Charts in 2011. Lu has received Critical acclaim and Glowing reviews in industry standard publications like All About Jazz, Jazz USA, Jazz Times and Others. jazztimes.com, www.allaboutjazz.com
Sweet Lu has just completed his most recent work in New York City entitled “Sweet Lou’s Blues” where he teamed with Antonio Ciacca’s quintet of esteemed Jazz musicians including Jeremy Pelt, Jerome Jennings, Tivon Pennicott, and Mike Karn. The CD is already receiving Great reviews in Jazz industry publications.
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Born in East Chicago, Indiana. Raised during early life in Gary, Indiana, Lutalo (Lu) moved to the Deep South (Madison, Mississippi) in the mid 1970′s. Influenced heavily by a family filled with Gospel singers and musicians, he followed suit until hearing an Al Jarreau song on the radio. From that moment Everything changed, especially his approach to listening, judging, and singing the music that inspired him.
During a career in the US Military that was sprinkled with performances in Jazz, R&B and musical stage productions, across the South Eastern US, he embarked on a solo career in 2002. Convinced by the respectful nods of major jazz critics and musicians attending his performances, Lu knew he had something special. As fate would reveal it, a tremendously talented quartet of musicians agreed with Lu’s assessment and the “Sweet Lu Quintet” was formed in 2008 in Atlanta, GA.