Joelle Lurie is a NYC-based singer, songwriter, and voice-over artist. She brings her distinctive “jazzed-up pop & popped-up jazz” modern style to Take Me There (2014), her debut album of standards, originals, and reimagined pop covers. Featured on NPR’s Song Travels with Michael Feinstein, Joelle's record features tight arrangements and production by her longtime bassist/bandmate, Ben Gallina, and the genre-crossing Pinehurst Trio.
Joelle and her trio started out as close friends all living on the same block in the Upper Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights. Together, they have performed at venues including Lincoln Center, Rainbow Room, Birdland Jazz Club, SubCulture, Zinc Bar, New York Stock Exchange, Four Seasons, Top of the Rock, Regattabar in Cambridge, Mass., The Standard Hotel's Boom Boom Room, Rockwood Music Hall (where they play regularly), & as the featured house band for the James Beard Galas & Awards.
Joelle's voice can also be heard in a variety of recordings, voice over spots, jingles, and backup vocals, including on the acclaimed album The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter (Sony Victor/Independent).
On stage and screen, Joelle has been featured in the 24 Hour Musicals (Gramercy Theatre), as a soloist with the Boston Holiday Pops, in Jerry Springer The Opera (Speakeasy Stage Company), on The Wendy Williams Show, and as a backup singer for Chris Mann at NBC’s Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Joelle studied at NEC’s preparatory jazz program, Tanglewood, Indiana University’s School of Music, and holds a Bachelor of Music from Boston University's College of Fine Arts. She grew up in the Boston area, has 3 younger brothers, and is a proud ginger.
* April, 2015 - NPR’s Song Travels w/ Michael Feinstein - Episode on Joelle & the Trio out now!
* June 9th, 2015 - Regattabar, Cambridge - What a fun show & packed house - thanks for the warm hometown welcome!
* June 28th, 2015 - Rainbow Room - what a great time we had playing jazz brunch at this incredible venue (ok, and eating too)
* June 2015 - Residency - Rockwood Music Hall - Thanks for coming out to our Wed. night residency in June at one of our favorite NYC venues. We'll be back at Rockwood soon! - jazz/pop/originals
"A magnificent voice and charming demeanor..."
"This is straight up innovative jazz infused with a touch of pop with a shot of hip hop and soul and the tiniest bit of musical theatre. The tracks take us everywhere from stellar originals to impressive takes on standards to re-imagined Sondheim to trippy 70s and 80s hits. All of the brilliant, inventive arrangements are by bassist Ben Gallina and they are truly a part what make this album a stand out."
"Time marches on. Here we have a downtown take on the modern jazz diva. Adding hip-hop vibes to Sinatra? Well, have you seen property prices in Brooklyn lately. Some are going to find this fire-cracker to be selling sacrilege but she has a fine voice, crafty ideas and, like I said, time marches on. Dandy millennial cocktail music."
Midwest Record Review
"She gives everything a fresh sound...an airy touch with putting pop grooves beneath old standards...Lurie is onto something here: both accessible and a little different..."
NPR's Will Layman on POPMatters.com
"Doing the NY hustle, singer Joelle Lurie has done everything from opera to pop to jazz to ad jingles in her decade there after growing up in the Boston area. She now makes her debut backed by her working band, The Pinehurst Trio, as well as a handful of horn and string players. With a voice that's dark but crystal clear, she skillfully delivers each line of these love songs with the right note of emotional heft, whether it's the yearning modern pop of The Cars' ‘Just What I Needed’, Lerner and Lowe's ‘Almost Like Being in Love,’ or thoughtful originals like ‘Three States Away.’"
iTunes Editors' Notes
“Your album, ‘Take Me There’ is a beautifully produced and very thoughtfully created piece... There is clearly much more to come.”
Michael Feinstein, on NPR’s Song Travels
Take Me There
The Man I Love
Should We (duet)
Just What I Needed
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