Laurie Dapice was raised in Utica, New York - the same city as the internationally renowned tenor, Pasquale Caputo. THAT'S the vocal training that our guest received when she was starting to spread her wings. So, you know that her path has been golden. Education and hunger for learning in ALL ways drove her - where else but to New York City.
This Lady was on a mission. While still in school, she performed in a weekly show, "Jazz Fever", in Harlem. Laurie made her way through the myriad of venues in the city - and attracted attention at every stop. She told an interviewer: "There are millions of singer - but very few storytellers." Laurie Dapice wanted to be a vocalist who captured hearts because of her storytelling :)
On her album, there are carefully chosen songs that are close to Laurie's heart. Two are originals. One selection has been identified with Nina Simone, an inspiration for our guest. Another was written by Abbey Lincoln, who seems to be another vocalist, beloved even more after death. Laurie has a reason for every tune here on "Parting the Veil." This album was a dream for her - she waited for it to come together in her way - and she is enormously proud of the result.
This is no ordinary singer/songwriter with stars in her eyes. Laurie has had some amazing achievements in her career - multiple awards - from "Billboard", ASCAP and more. She has respect within the New York Jazz Scene, having been involved in the late Dr. Billy Taylor's "Jazz Mobile Competition" and connected to a beautiful Ella Fitzgerald celebration in the state - Ella's roots, which are shared with Laurie.
Todd Barkan, from Keystone Korner Jazz International, calls Laurie's voice: "One of the best in the world." What an honor to share her with you!
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