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BIOGRAPHY - Loretta Lee


During the course of her musical career, Loretta "Lady" Lee has progressively taken Chicago by storm. Loretta became best known as “Lady Lee” for her impressionable, breath-taking performance singing from the song book of the Legendary singer, Billie Holiday. As a sultry jazz vocalist, Loretta Lee has performed at many world renowned jazz clubs including Army & Lou's Restaurant, Gino's Steak House, Isaac Hayes Restaurant, Lee's Unleaded Blues, Navy Pier, Condessa Del Mar, Room 43, Green Dolphin Street, Ramada Inn, Green Mill, Chicago Racquetball Club and The University Park Country Club. On April 16, 2011 performing at Illinois Institute of Technology, Loretta was lauded for writing her one woman musical documentary titled "Remembering Billie Holiday". On June 1, 2011 Loretta's debut CD was released titled "GOODBYE" in which she produced. Mucic arrangement, programing and piano, Mike Logan, Ken Cooper on trumpet. The making of "Goodbye" was a process spanning one year. All selections on her incredible Jazz CD are relatable and reflective of life experiences. Each Thursday for 1 1/2 years Loretta could be found mesmerizing the crowds at McDonald's (jazz night) in Olympia Fields. Loretta was also the main source of entertainment at Governors State University, The Sabre Room, Phoenix Festival, Black Heritage Awards, University Park Family Fling Festival and The Caribbean Festival. She is recognized by many for her performance during a one hour special on The William Brown Show "Songs of Love" on Chicago Access Channel 19.

At a very young age, Loretta was introduced to jazz. Regularly, in her home, Loretta’s father played songs by great jazz vocalists such as Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Nancy Wilson, Glory Lynn, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Eckstein, Nat King Cole, Joe Williams, Authur Prysock and Frank Sinatra. These memorable and outstanding artists were a great inspiration and influenced her significantly. She later received training at ETA Theatre where she completed an acting course, she also completed a vocal jazz course at Bloom School of Jazz to broaden the scope of her career. Multi-talented Loretta Lee is not only a jazz vocalist and actress she is an impersonator. She has also given remarkable performances as an R&B and Gospel soloist. In addition to singing, Loretta enjoys roller skating, stepping, and Latin dancing. With great passion and love, she continuously sings and performs from the bottom of her soul and is truly a phenomenal entertainer.

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