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Lorraine Feather: Au Courant Dorothy Parker of Jazz Lyrics

Roseanna Vitro’s interview with the noted singer and songwriter

Lorraine Feather
Lorraine Feather
Lorraine Feather

Mysterious, mischievous and whimsical, Lorraine Feather was “hip” before she knew what the term meant. A singer/songwriter born into one of the royal families of jazz; her mother Jane was a big band singer and her father, Leonard Feather, was a jazz journalist, lyricist and composer of renown. Imagine your godmother was Billie Holiday and your mom’s best friend was Peggy Lee. I planned Lorraine’s interview to follow Dave Frishberg’s and Bob Dorough’s, two of my favorite songwriter/lyricists on the planet. Fans are impatiently waiting for her new recording, Flirting with Disaster. She is continuing to write with her collaborators: Eddie Arkin, Russell Ferrante, Shelly Berg, and Dave Grusin, who joined Lorraine on her Grammy-nominated album, Attachments. Check out Lorraine’s films and videos.

Drawing from her theatrical experience, performances can evoke romance, whimsey or streaming long threads of consciousness while modern jazz sizzles underneath her clear, precise voice. I love her real-life saga, “Where are My Keys?” This song makes me laugh every time. In the digital age, with ipads and cell phones that are constantly surfing the net, surf your way over to Lorraine Feather’s first album and work your way through Attachments. You’ll dig the ride.

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