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.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.
THE LORI BENTON-JANETTA DUO
Lori is performing live again at festivals, cafes, coffee houses and concert venues with a guitarist or pianist.
LORI BENTON-JANETTA is a founding member of "IN THE MOMENT". ITM provides ambient improvisational music for "Contact Improvisation Workshops" focused on group dynamics, progressive relaxation/guided imagery, tai chi gong and personal growth. ITM is also available for concerts and special events.
LORI BENTON-JANETTA also as performed with "JUNIPER MOON". A musical ensemble that focuses on unique/creative versions of music from pop, jazz, blues, world and folk music...with an eye to the music of the 60's and 70's. JUNIPER MOON is available for concerts, club dates, festivals and special events.
Billie Holliday-Rickie Lee Jones-Bonnie Raitt-Sade-Cassandra Wilson-Abbie Lincoln-Chrissy Hynde-Heart-the Subdudes-Robert Plant-Led Zepplin-Robert Johnson-Patricia Barber-Keb Mo-Take 6-Melissa Etheridge-Bessie Smith-Betty Carter-Baka Beyond- Weather Report-Pat Methany...