Lisa Fischer

Vocals – Jazz Institute, Advanced Package, Jazz Institute Vocal Program

Lisa Fischer has become one of the treasures of SJW, returning to perform at the Festival, and for the first time, to teach during the entire week of Jazz Residency.

A Lisa Fischer concert is a one-of-a-kind experience, and working with her as a vocalist is no less so. When she and pianist Taylor Eigsti took the stage for just one number at the SJW All-Star Jam a few years ago, they ignited the room. They’ve performed as a duo often since then, dazzling audiences wherever they go.

Lisa and her band Grand Baton first came to SJW in 2014, based on Lisa’s reputation alone. They were invited to play in clubs, at the Newport and Monterey Jazz Festivals, and at concert halls all over the globe, winning accolades from critics, devotion from fans, and invitations to return.

After decades bringing raw soul to the stage for The Rolling Stones, Sting, Tina Turner, and Nine Inch Nails, Lisa has emerged as the most inventive and heartfelt interpreter of classic rock songs working today.

Lisa won her first Grammy for “How Can I Ease The Pain,” from her 1991 album So Intense. With a hit song on the radio and a Grammy win, a major solo tour seemed inevitable, but Lisa was on the road, backing either her beloved mentor Luther Vandross or The Rolling Stones. Lisa was a legend in the music industry; everybody loved her sound. But she never put her own band together, never toured under her own name. Now, after years of supporting other artists, electrifying the world’s largest arenas with the power of her voice, Ms. Lisa Fischer has finally taken center stage.

The Oscar-winning 2013 documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom changed the course of Lisa’s musical journey. Featuring clips of Lisa’s legendary duet with Mick Jagger on “Gimme Shelter” and glowing testimonials from famous colleagues, the film showcased her virtuosity and vulnerability, earned her a second Grammy, and left audiences eager to see and hear more. “Ms. Fischer has become the unexpected star of Mr. Neville’s film,” said the New York Times.

Lisa is worth the trip to Jazz Institute this summer!

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