“Only the multi-talented jazz singer, songwriter, and poet Lisa B... has been weaving the kind of 'must pay attention to every word' storytelling magic that we hear...throughout her unique 20-year career.”
— Jonathan Widran, JW Vibe
“Daring, dexterous singer/songwriter/poet Lisa B... with appeal to both traditional and contemporary jazz tastes and even hip-hop hipsters.”
— Jonathan Takiff, Philadelphia Daily News
LISA B: Award-Winning Spoken Word and Song
LISA B (LISA BERNSTEIN) IS A UNIQUELY COMPELLING ARTIST: She melds spoken poetry and sung lyrics, in original songs and adventurously reimagined standards. Her music spans jazz, hip-hop, and electronica grooves.
SHE HAS PERFORMED HER SPELLBINDING SPOKEN WORD AND SONG at 90+ venues, including clubs, festivals, educational settings, and theatres.
Her seven CDs released over the past two decades received radio play and charting on hundreds of trade-reporter jazz, college, and free-form stations, garnering rave reviews in Jazz Times, Jazziz, All About Jazz, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and many other publications and an interview in Downbeat. Press roundup here!
Her widely published poetry/spoken word and the storytelling that is part of her presentations won fellowships or grants from California Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, City of Oakland, and many others.
Also offering workshops, clinics, and residencies for performers and creators, Lisa B draws on her varied experience as a teacher and coach at the university, community, and K-12 levels, as well as her private coaching practice. Learn more about her teaching qualifications and offerings here.
SELECTED PRESENTER & FAN QUOTES
"She totally captivated the audience. She is an originator, her arrangements are mesmerizing, and her band is great!"
- Gary Hamada, Jazz and Blues Company/KRML-FM, Concert Manager
“Obviously you’re a gigantic talent…you totally controlled the room.”
- Robin Reichert, owner, Paradise Lounge, San Francisco
“You know as a poet and as a singer that you were being heard... the silence between phrases. I was surprised by many things. First by the quality and range of your voice. When you want to you get a terrific blues quality. The people playing behind you are so good. I especially enjoyed 'Center of the Rhyme' and the Joe Williams song.”
- Philip Levine, former Poet Laureate of the United States
“That was a wonderful show last night. My friend and I had a great time. You were marvelous – charming, funny, astute, original. Your band was exquisite, each and every one of them. Your comfort on the stage and with the band felt assured. My friend also thought you put on a fabulous show and that the musicians were outstanding. She really enjoyed your personality and your stage presence.”
Joe Williams Died Walking/Every Day I Have the Blues
Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein)