Albanie Falletta was born and raised in Monroe, Louisiana, where she was exposed to the sounds of Cajun, zydeco, blues and gospel music at festivals and backyard parties. In high school, Albanie moved to Texas where she began studying early American Jazz and developing her feel for swing. After she graduated, she began performing alongside mentors and other players of the Austin scene. In the summer of 2013, Albanie relocated to New Orleans, where she is currently living and performing with various traditional jazz and swing ensembles. Since the summer of 2015, Albanie has been doing solo performances featuring her original songs.

 

Susanna Sharpe has been entertaining audiences in Austin, Texas since 1984. She was the leader of one of the city’s most popular dance bands, Susanna Sharpe and Samba Police, from 1988 to 2000, playing before crowds large and small in a variety of venues across Texas. Samba Police was the featured band at Austin’s Carnaval Brasileiro for many years and winner of two Austin Chronicle Music Awards. Susanna is currently the leader of the Susanna Sharpe Brazilian Quartet, which appears regularly at São Paulo’s Brazilian Restaurant, among other Austin venues. In addition to singing, Susanna plays percussion and melodica. Her repertoire includes a broad range of Brazilian and other Latin music, including bossa nova, samba, música popular Brasileira, bolero, nueva canción, and more. Susanna performed and taught workshops for 10 years with Circle of Light, a project of the late singer and composer Tina Marsh that brought music, dance, and stories of different religions and cultures to Austin audiences of all ages.

 

Ingrid Jensen has been hailed as one of the most gifted trumpeters of her generation and one of the most in-demand trumpet players in the global jazz scene. Ingrid leads her own quintet, quartet and organ trio, which have garnered glowing reviews and a loyal fan base across the world. She is regularly invited to trumpet festivals and has performed with a multi-generational cast of jazz legends and popular musicians, including Clark Terry, Esperanza Spalding, British R&B artist Corrine Bailey Rae, and the Canadian pop icon Sarah McLachlan. One of Ingrid’s most frequent collaborators is her sister, saxophonist and composer Christine Jensen. Ingrid is a featured soloist on the Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra’s JUNO Award-winning album Treelines (2011), and its successor, Habitat (2013). They also co-lead the group Nordic Connect with pianist Maggi Olin, and they recently recorded a new album with their small group venture featuring guitarist Ben Monder. She has taught trumpet at the University of Michigan, Peabody Conservatory, The Centrum Jazz Workshop, The Dave Brubeck Institute, the Banff Centre Workshop, Geri Allen's All-Female Jazz Residency and the Stanford Jazz Camp, to name a few.

 

Helen Sung is a pianist and composer based in New York City where she has worked with the "Who's Who" in jazz, including the late Clark Terry, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Wynton Marsalis, and MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter. With five albums as leader, Sung's sixth release Anthem For A New Day topped jazz radio charts and garnered a SESAC Performance Activity Award. She’s appeared at major festivals/venues including Newport, Monterey, Detroit, SFJAZZ, and Carnegie Hall. Sung also currently performs with fine ensembles such as the Mingus Big Band, T.S. Monk Band, and Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic Project. Sung is an active composer and has received several commissions and grants, including a 2014 Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation New Jazz Works Grant. Inspired by her experience at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, Sung stays involved in music education through residencies/workshops, and joined the jazz faculties at the Juilliard School and Columbia University in 2015.

 

Suzi Stern has released seven CDs to date under her own name (Viewpoint Records, Aardvark Records and Bus Biscuit Records), and has performed on a myriad of other artist’s projects. Her latest release Romancing the Dark steps out of the jazz idiom for which she is known, and is a collection of her own original compositions and arrangements based on eleven poems by Stern. Some of Stern’s musical colleagues and collaborators of note have been: Denny Zeitlin, David Friesen, Joe Henderson, Mal Waldron, Joshua Redman, Leroy Vinegar, Jessica Williams, Helen Sung, George Mitchell, Bob Rodriguez, Steve Varner, Bud Shank, Peggy Stern, Jay Clayton, Jerry Hahn, Nancy King, Peter Stolzmann, Harvie S, Stefan Karlsson, Randy Porter, Doug Hall, Arjen Gorter, and Mitch Watkins to name a handful. Stern and her partner pianist-composer George Oldziey are the producers of a jazz house concert series known as Casa Karen in Austin, Texas, which has become known as the best venue for acoustic jazz in central Texas with its 9-foot concert grand piano as the center piece. When not traveling to perform, Stern teaches in her hometown of Austin where she is one of the most sought after vocal coaches. She has led singing clinics and workshops on improvisation and “Finding Your True Voice” in Buffalo, NYC, Amsterdam, Portland, Seattle, Dallas, Houston, Minneapolis and Austin extensively.

 

 

Peggy Stern is as well-known as a composer as she is known for her fine piano playing. Her music has a particularly broad ethnic base — in addition to European and American classical music, Peggy’s music draws from Brazilian, African, Jewish, Irish, Cuban, and traditional jazz influences. Peggy has composed, played, recorded, and toured throughout Europe, the US, Canada, Australia, and Japan in a wide variety of situations: from solos to octets to jazz choruses. Peggy has worked and toured with many wonderful musicians: Lee Konitz, Diane Schuur, David “Fathead” Newman, Jay Clayton, Gary Peacock, Gene Bertoncini, Bud Shank, Red Holloway, Thomas Chapin, Machito, Puck Fair, Bobby Shew, Stanley Turrentine, Gerry Mulligan, Eddie Henderson, and Emily Remler, to name a few. In 2004, Peggy created the Wall Street Jazz Festival in New York, which has been held twelve consecutive years to date. The Festival has featured Sheila Jordan, Ingrid Jensen, Christine Jensen, Jay Clayton, Dena DeRose, Su Terry, Claire Daly, Jamie Baum, Teri Roiger, Roberta Piket, Virginia Mayhew, Laura Dubin, Sheryl Bailey, Allison Miller, Maryann McSweeney, Marilyn Crispell, Francesca Tanksley, Erica Lindsey, Lee Shaw, Nina Sheldon, Betty MacDonald, Rebecca Coupe Franks, Suzi Stern, Jenny Scheinman, Natalie Cressman, Amy Shook, and Peggy Stern's band Estrella Salsa. Peggy has given workshops and worked as an educator for the past 20 years throughout Europe and the US. Since May 2013, Peggy has made Austin, Texas her home. Joining the vibrant music scene there, she intends to create a new (for her) musical genre, which she calls Cowboy Jazz. 

 

 

 

June 3rd, 2017

We are proud to announce the extraordinary line-up for our First Annual LuluFest, to be held June 3rd at Jones Auditorium on the St. Edward's University campus.

LuluFest, "where the traditions meet the progressives, & all the leaders are women"

Austin Cultural Arts

 

"This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department."