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Lady Laranah Phipps (LaLa) is a jazz soulstress with a touch of world music influence. One of the hottest new jewels in the East Coast jazz crown, Lady Laranah Phipps comes to the jazz arena naturally, as she is the product of the Newark, NJ jazz scene and the heir apparent to the Phipps Family Jazz dynasty, Newark, New Jersey's first family of jazz. The Phipps Family has enjoyed a long, prosperous and well documented jazz legacy both in the USA and abroad. Ernie Phipps, Gene Phipps, Sr. (her father), Nat Phipps, Harold Phipps, Billy Phipps, and Gene Phipps, Jr. have all helped to pave the way for Laranah (as well as countless other jazz artists) to step out onto the jazz stage with confidence and competence.
Lady Laranah Phipps brings to the table, her own distinctive sound, sense of phasing, timing, story telling, and a volcanic grasp of groove, which she sometimes tends to color with humor, sensuousness, heart wrenching pain, and/or soul stirring joy. Her straight-ahead approach combines tried and tested jazz improvisation with new and innovative ideas. Lady Laranah's voice is laced with a certain ancient Afrikan richness, which allows her instrument to soar with a distinct yet familiar soul and power. All of this, coupled by the fact that Laranah has a very charismatic personality and a regal stage presence makes Lady Laranah Phipps a true jazz vocalist and an inspiring entertainer.
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