Lioness, a concert series featuring women in jazz curated by Amanda Monaco, will conclude this Sunday, December 16 with Lauren Sevian‘s “LSQ”, a dynamic, hard-hitting, modern straight-ahead jazz quartet featuring the baritone saxophonist.
The Grammy Award-winning Sevian is one of the most in-demand musicians on the scene today. She can be seen performing as a bandleader around the NYC area with her quartet, the LSQ, or LSAT, her quintet co-led with alto saxophonist Alexa Tarantino. As a sideman, she can be heard regularly with the Mingus Big Band, and has performed with countless other groups, notably the Dizzy Gillespie all-star big band, Christian McBride’s Big Band, and the legendary Count Basie Orchestra.
Her debut album “Blueprint” was released on saxophonist Greg Osby’s label Inner Circle Music to critical acclaim, winning a SESAC jazz award for national performance activity, and received rave reviews in publications such as Downbeat, Cadence, and All About Jazz. Her sophomore album, “Bliss”, is due to be released spring 2018 on Posi-tone Records. As an educator, she has been teaching privately for over 15 years, and she is on faculty at Jazz at Lincoln Center as director of the “Young Women’s Jazz Orchestra” and instructor for the middle school jazz academy. She has adjudicated at many jazz competitions & festivals, including the Essentially Ellington Competition at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Monterey Jazz Festivals’ “Next Generation Jazz Festival”, the Victoria Music Festival in Melbourne, Australia, and the Eau Claire Jazz Festival at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire.
The multiple award winner performs at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $5, and free for members, students and teens. You can purchase tickets here.
Lauren gave us a preview of her performance.
What can an audience expect to experience at your performance?
They can expect to see a quartet that can bring the fire, yet also cool you down with a slow ballad! The program will be all original music yet steeped in the tradition of straight ahead jazz.
Tell us about you – how you started as a performer.
I first performed (on piano!) when I was 12 years old, but the saxophone began to take over after that!
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Miller Place, Long Island, NY, and now reside in Riverdale in the Bronx.
What do you hope your audience experiences?
I hope the audience feels moved and inspired by seeing and hearing something different. The baritone saxophone is still somewhat of a novelty instrument so I hope to expose people to the expansive range and possibilities it has! Also, since this is a series of female led groups, it would bring me great joy to inspire some young women who are interested in playing this music.
What does Flushing Town Hall mean to you?
It’s such a great honor for me to be performing there with my band and in the Lioness series at this historic venue. It makes me feel very connected to my home, to have the opportunity to play at Flushing Town Hall and connect with the community, especially in Queens.
What is on the horizon for you?
My most recent release, “Bliss” is out on Posi-Tone records, I am proud to announce that I am a new addition to the faculty at Manhattan School of Music (my Alma mater), and I will be performing as a side woman on two more Posi-Tone releases to be released next year!
What else do you want us to know about you!?
I’m passionate about running, yoga, tennis, and animals!
You can also get a taste of Lauren’s music on her YouTube page at www.youtube.com/laurensevian.