Birthday: May 27
A protege of the recently-departed legendary saxophonist Franz Jackson and of jazz singer Janet Planet, Lisa Roti is bringing Chicago style jazz around the world. Regularly appearing at leading venues such as Andy's Jazz Club and Pops for Champagne (Chicago), Rockwood Music Hall (NYC), The Jazz Corner (Hilton Head, S.C.), and overseas tours to Thailand in 2005 and China in 2006.
Ms. Roti's repertoire includes songs sung in English, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese but it is her sincere and soulful interpretation that speaks to the listener.
From Fats Waller to Tom Petty, Roti's unique arrangements, heartfelt interpretations and impressive vocal range set her apart. From song choice to interpretation, Lisa Roti seems to have her heart in time with the pulse of what's happening now, endearing listeners young and old to the Joy of Jazz.
Roti's CD Comes Love, featuring Franz Jackson and John Harmon (Matrix) recently made it to the CD BABY top-seller list in the "Blues: Jazzy Blues Album" category, has been released in Poland on chart topping smooth jazz compilation: In Love With Jazz Vol 2 and is receiving international airplay.
Lisa Roti Quartet June 2 at 9pm Pops For Champagne, 601 N State St. "There's another female jazz singer on the scene, and you should get to know her. Roti's sultry, laid-back delivery masks an uncanny knowledge of the lyrics, and did we mention her intonation and diction are to die for? Okay, okay, we're exaggerating, but only a little, and since our fair city's so lacking in quality jazz singers, this is one to take to the bank." - TIMEOUT CHICAGO, CRITIC'S CHOICE for all 5 weekends in June!
Beginning as a band singer with Franz Jackson taught Lisa Roti how to swing with Chicago style from a true legend. Since then, Lisa has had the opportunity to bring her voice around the world. These experiences have made her the artist she is today as she continues to infuse the arrangements of her favorite jazz standards and original music with international rhythm and flavor.
Lisa's musical studies began when she did. Growing up in a very musical family, with her tenor voiced father and saxophonist Grandfather, made studying the craft of singing playtime. Later she sought out the roots of
Chicago Jazz and what she found was a crash course in swing from some of the Swing Era's early birds. Franz Jackson, now 94, took her under his wing and made her one of the youngest to have the opportunity to learn and record with a Jazz legend of his generation.
Lisa has also had the opportunity to study, both on and off the stage, with some of the most respected artists in Jazz such as Gene Bertoncini, Franz Jackson, Terell Stafford, John Harmon, Fred Sturm and Janet Planet.
Ms. Roti's career has helped her realize her greatest passions, namely music and travel. She has traveled extensively, bringing her voice to Europe, Asia, North, Central & South America while having the opportunity to perform for such dignitaries as the ambassadors to Brazil, Portugal, Thailand, Guatemala and Germany as well as members of the Canadian Government and even the Princess of Tonga. Though Ms. Roti's repertoire includes songs sung in English, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, it is her sincere and soulful interpretation that speaks to the listener.
Her voice is as unique as it is versatile and it is as pleasant to listen to as it is technically sound. From song choice to interpretation, Lisa Roti seems to have her heart in time with the pulse of what's happening now, endearing listeners young and old to the Joy of Jazz.