JEANNE LOZIER BIO
Englewood New Jersey native Jeanne Lozier has been on the NJ/NYC blues scene for the last fifteen years. She has a Jazz, Blues and R&B influence and has been singing since she was a child. Jeanne was just nominated and awarded the New York Blues Hall of Fame award in February 2018. She also has a new CD coming out and hopes to release it in 2018. Jeanne did not grow up in a musical household but music was an inherent part of her. The story is when most kids were crying themselves to sleep Jeanne was singing herself to sleep in the baby bed making up songs as she pleased. She has a strong vocal quality that started developing with years of listening and singing to records in her room when she was young. Some of the strong influences are mostly male but not all vocal, Stevie Wonder, Lou Rawls, Charlie Rich, Robert Cray, B.B King, Albert King, Louie Jordon, Big Joe Turner, Buddy Miles, Ray Charles, Dinah Washington, Aretha Franklin, ,Johnny Adams, Johnny Hartman, Al Green, Teddy Pendergrass and any organ player from Jimmy Smith to Charles Earland. Jeanne was performing in the church choir at age six, and was the only freshman in high school selected to sing with the elite Madrigals Choir which she continued to be a part of the next four years along with being in the Select choir serving double duty.
Before taking some time off to attend college, Jeanne sang at R&B shows and town concerts with local bands all through her high school years.
After freelancing with many groups in the tri-state area, including Moose (Greg Allman, Lou Reed) & The Bulletproof Blues Band, Jeanne Lozier burst upon the nightclub and festival stages with an exciting new group of musicians to supplement her classic vocal interpretations and original blues Songs. The Jeanne Lozier Band has opened for Handy Award winner, Ann Rabson (Saffire--The Uppity Blues Women) at the Watchung Arts Center and opened for The Legendary blues man, Sonny Rhodes.
She is currently releasing her first original self produced CD entitled "Queen of your Dreams". "Queen of your dreams" is the result of Jeanne Lozier teaming up with Songwriter Gar Francis. The CD includes songs of the "single woman angst and sad tales of relationships lost and also using humor on some of the songs as well. A song called "Mama Blues" which is a song based loosely on her biological mother is also very close to her heart.
Jeanne also Co- Produced a CD for Organist Richie McCrae from Newark NJ. The CD is called Get Here. See Below for more details .
Jeanne Lozier knows blues and belts 'em out hot and rough. The edges are sharp, the attitude unpolished and the blues are true.
- Dr. Blues- Long Island Blues Society
"Jeanne Lozier was nominated and awarded the New York Blues Hall of Fame Award on January 23rd, 2018. She is excited for the long awaited New CD Release coming out this year.
“Queen of Your Dreams”
The New York area is a mecca of unsigned talent. Among our undiscovered gems is Jeanne Lozier. Possessed of a unique voice and powerful determination Jeanne has succeeded where others have struggled. She has self-produced a remarkable first album “Queen of Your Dreams” which thoroughly displays her talents as a vocalist. Jeanne Lozier’s voice is powerful enough so that she can growl with the best, but she always sounds like a woman.
Lozier’s band on this re-issue includes some of New Jersey’s homegrown legends. Songwriter Gar Francis wrote or co-wrote all the songs; three of them with Lozier. Francis also shares the guitar chores with Mark Bowers (of the Montclair New Jersey based band Lil’ Bastad), James “T” Tilson and the late Bernie Brauswetter (of the band Supreme Court).
The band also includes Dan Cipriano, who not only plays saxophone but is credited as being the “horn section”. Dan is most noted for his work with Wilson Pickett. Rounding out the band are Tim Lautz, piano; Melvin Davis or Ed Haddad, organ, Gary Oleyar, violin; and the late Big Nancy Swabrick (who toured with Sonny Rhodes), harp. The drums are shared by Tony Storm and Glenn Johnson.
The album starts with Gar Francis’s guitar intro, then Jeanne sings, “I am the Queen of Your Dreams, I come to you in your sleep”. Other highlights include Cipriano playing multiple saxes, overdubbed and sounding like a full horn section when Jeanne sings “I’m Keeping What I Got”. Jeanne Lozier however saves the best for last and closes with the fantastic “Loving a Woman Like Me” which was the track that received the most airplay.
Lozier is rehearsing and gearing up for her long anticipated comeback.
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS on GET HERE
Richard McCrae: ORGAN- was born on July 11th, 1936 in Newark NJ.(Known as the home of the (Hammond B3) where he started on piano at an early age during a period where music as well as musicians were all around him. That was the start to an ongoing love affair with the piano and organ for Richard McCrae. Newark produced a bunch of extraordinary organ players and Richie can be included with the best of them. He was early influenced by the likes of Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Groove Holmes, Charles Earland , Don Patton, all of whom were regulars in the local clubs. Richie played regularly in the area until the strains of providing for a growing family forced him to seek more stable employment. Fortunately for us, drummer Don Williams and others persuaded Richie to return to the keyboards & organ. Richie is here laying down that swinging beat, but he also contributed several original compositions. Richie is a true living legend. He can currently be seen in local venues in the NY/NJ Metropolitan Area.
Don Williams: DRUMS- is a career musician for over four decades. Don has recorded with legendary artist such as Arthur Prysock, Jimmy McGriff, Hank Crawford, Ronnie Earl and others. He performed with Arthur Prysock, Red Prysock, Jimmy McGriff, Hank Crawford, Red Halloway, David “Fat Head” Newman, Groove Holmes, and others. Don’s touring experiences have taken him on national and international excursions where he has displayed his magnanimous talent on his instrument. Now he wants to intensify audiences of the Jazz world with compilations of great tunes and the versatility of many of his great fellow musicians. He has recently released his own solo project titled "Smokin" and also performs and records with his wife and long time musical partner Lady CiCi . Don Williams has had the most influence in bringing Richie McCrae out of retirement and back into the music scene today. You can read more about Don Williams and his wife CiCi at www.doncirecords.com.
Eric Johnson: GUITAR is one of the finest jazz guitarists on the scene today. He has a wide background of experience starting at age 16. His playing experience began in his native Pittsburgh's local R & B and jazz/funk circuit. At the age of 18, Eric began touring with the legendary organ combos of Jack McDuff, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Jimmy McGriff, and the alto legend Lou Donaldson. After moving to New York in 1978, Eric performed with the groups of Willis "Gatortail" Jackson, Sonny Fortune, Big John Patton, Hank Crawford, Ramsey Lewis, and Jimmy Owens. While with the Owens group, Eric toured Europe and North Africa. Eric decided to return to his native Pittsburgh roots in 1987. He soon became an important part of the Pittsburgh jazz scene, performing with Walt Harper, Harold Betters, and his own dynamic trio, "The Fabulous A-Team". The year 1993 represented a breakthrough in Eric's career with the release of his first CD, "Bumpin' In LA" on the Clarion Jazz label. Due to the CD's success nationwide, Eric relocated to the Los Angeles area. While in Los Angeles, Eric played with jazz greats Buddy Collette and Lorez Alexandria. The trio played many west coast venues including: B.B. King's Night Club, where they were the opening act for George Howard, Gerald Albright and Pamela Williams. Shortly after returning to the East Coast Eric has been recording for the Blue Jay label. Blue Jay's first three releases were "Spare Ribs" by sax man Nat Simpkins, "Blue Gardenia" by Dave Braham and Eric's own CD "Makin' Whoopie". You can hear Eric's incredible guitar work on the new release Richie McCrae Cd "Get Here" You can read more about Eric at