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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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    David Benoit
    25 Jan
    Brian Bromberg
    26 Jul
    Greg Byers
    19 Jul
    Lori Carsillo
    18 Jan
    Champian Fulton
    21 Jun
    Stacey Hoffman
    03 May
    Darryl Jones
    16 Aug
    Clifford Lamb
    26 Apr
    Gunnar Madsen
    15 Mar
    Alex Monfort
    04 Jan
    Kassa Overall
    09 Aug
    Pamela Rose
    29 Mar
    Omar Sosa
    22 Mar
    Claudia Villela
    12 Apr
    E.W. Wainwright
    17 May
    Kalil Wilson
    08 Jun