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  • Lua Hadar (2013)

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    (Photo by Kingmond Young Photography)

    The multi-lingual, multi-talented, Lua Hadar has performed as a singer and actor since her New York City childhood.

    After getting her B.A. in Theatre Performance (she also holds an M.A. in Education), Lua attended the celebrated Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, while also studying opera with Metropolitan Opera coach Joan Dornemann. She's a unique and original vocalist with a soaring range and emotional depth, singing her own brand of cosmopolitan jazz influenced by pop, funk, Latin and international cabaret.

    Lua is also influenced by her world travels, to Bali, Russia, Switzerland, Japan, Thailand, France and Italy, which collectively bring her to "jazz without borders" (she sings in at least half a dozen languages).

    Lua's first album, "Lua Hadar with TWIST", received a warm critical reception, and her new "Like a Bridge" forms the centerpiece of her "Bridges Project", which includes an educational and cultural exchange component.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Dee Dee Bridgewater This Is New This Is New Verve
    # 2 Sarah Vaughan Ken Burns Jazz I Feel Pretty Verve
    # 3 Cesaria Evora Miss Perfumado Sodade Nonesuch
    # 4 Edith Piaf The Voice of the Sparrow: The Very Best of Edith Piaf Mon Manège à Moi Capitol
    # 5 Karrin Allyson Wild for You It's Too Late Concord
    # 6 Celia Cruz Mambo Kings Guantanamera Warner Bros/Elektra
    # 7 Noa Achinoam Nini Gil Dor Three Days: Day 2 Universal/NMC
    # 8 Susannah McCorkle Hearts and Minds My Attorney Bernie Concord
    # 9 Rhiannon with Sovosó Truth and Other Stories Gift of Music Primarily a Capella
    # 10 Kitty Margolis Left Coast Life Without a Song Mad-Kat Records
    # 11 Ella Fitzgerald The Intimate Ella Reach for Tomorrow Polygram
    # 12 Barbara Cook It's Better with a Band It's Better with a Band DRG
             
    Book Jared Diamond, "Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies"
             
    Luxury Item A magnum of Chopin vodka
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    Buzz Brooks
    28 Apr
    Natalie Cressman
    10 Feb
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    07 Apr
    Aaron Germain
    06 Jan
    Robin Gregory
    17 Feb
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    17 Mar
    Ray Obiedo
    10 Mar
    Sandi Poindexter
    24 Mar
    David Rogers
    24 Feb