Vocalist Michelle Lordi would love to tell you a story, so sit back, pour yourself a cocktail and listen. That story you hear will be sung with cool, uncorrupted understatement that swings with a clear, warm, seductive voice that is lovely and unforgettable.
So many jazz singers today have forgotten the importance of the lyric and original melody. Michelle lives by these principles and as a result the music she creates with her fabulous band is pure, sweet and beautiful.
Michelle is receiving national and international acclaim for her recently released CD, “Drive”, which was produced by and features pianist Orrin Evans. “Drive” takes listeners on a captivating personal journey, mining favorites from her varied repertoire of American Songbook classics and modern pop hits. Drive is currently being played on more than 100 Jazz radio stations across the US and internationally. Lordi has become a regular presence in local/regional jazz clubs, and has performed with pianists Orrin Evans, Eric Gunnison, Mike Frank, Michael Kanan, tenor saxophonist Larry McKenna, trumpeter/trombonist John Swana, Vibraphonist Tony Miceli and guitarists Sonny Troy,Tim Motzer & Jimmy Bruno. She has performed at the Philadelphia Art Museum, SMOKE Jazz & Supper Club in NYC, The Metropolitan Room in NYC, DazzleJazz in Denver, CO , Harlem Jazz in Barcelona, Spain, Chris’ Jazz Café in Philadelphia and many other fine jazz clubs and musical venues.
Michelle is passionate about bringing generations of jazz fans and musicians together and has run one of Philadelphia’s best attended and successful weekly Jam Sessions at Vintage Bar & Grill in Abington, PA since September of 2014 with equal doses humor, professionalism and wonder. At Vintage, Michelle has brought fine musicians such as Sonny Troy ( Peggy Lee, Louis Prima, Blossom Dearie) and Larry McKenna’s ( Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra, Woody Herman) who have a combined 120+ (!) years of jazz musicianship together to lead and be discovered by the next generation of jazz musicians.
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Her profound love of the music and the musicians she creates with is evident in every note of her vividly expressive and elegantly communicative voice.
Keep an eye on this Jazz vocalist. She’s got more great stories to tell, for sure.
“…Cool uncorrupted understatement that swings is a way to describe Lordi’s vocal style in a nutshell.”—Victor Schermer, All About Jazz
“Michelle has a refreshing sound and style, great time and intonation, devoid of the cliches and licks that I hear far too often…she wisely lets the lyric speak for itself—with beautiful enunciation, by the way—without feeling the need to pound it into the ground…The liberties (she) takes with a song are subtle and make sense.”—Bruce Klauber, ICON Magazine