Lori Benton considers herself a "vocal alchemist"...combining vocals, spoken word, lyrics and poetry. Lori is an accomplished vocalist/lyricist, blending blues/jazz/folk and gospel into a unique melange all her own. A master accapella vocalist...as well as ensemble/small group vocals and choral singing. Lori has performed live and in the studio as part of jazz and blues ensembles both electric and acoustic, folk/world music duos and trios, improvisational ensembles, gospel groups, choral work and solo.
Lori has performed and recorded with: guitarist Jack Jesiolowski, guitarist/songwriter Ruth Wyand; guitarist Geno White; her husband J. Jody Janetta; Paul "Woz" Woznicki; guitarist Ernie Trionfo; keyboardist/basssist Joe Bocchetti; guitarist Mark Ricci; pianist/saxophonist Hassan Abdullah; The Collar Brothers; multi-instrumentalist Buddy Leonetti; drummer Roberto Reggio; My Louise and Skinwalker's guitarist/songwriter Chris Lucas; and percussionist Elliott Diamond.
THE LORI BENTON-JANETTA DUO
Lori is performs live again at festivals, cafes, coffee houses and concert venues with one of the following musicians: guitarist Jack Jesiolowski or Ernie Trionfo or pianist Joe Bocchetti as a duo. Lori also performs with Adelante.
4 PEACE JAZZ
Lori is a former member of Rita Lymans 4 PEACE JAZZ quartet...providing vocal alchemy and spoken word to the ensemble. The other members of 4 PEACE JAZZ are Rita Lyman-spoken word and vocals, J. Jody Janetta-drums and Steve Testa-bass.
4 PEACE JAZZ embraces an improvisational jazz aesthetic utilizing vocals, spoken word, drums and bass.
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