"Martha Lorin has developed into one of the most emotive singers to hit the jazz scene."
Growing up in Pueblo, Colorado, Martha Lorin found herself at a crossroads of diverse cultures. Martha's early vocal development was nourished by two generations, her Welsh grandmother, Sarah Dalton, a highly touted popular singer of the 1920's, and her jazz pianist/singer/songwriter mother, Margaret Dalton.
Martha had her first club gig at age 19 at Enrico Banucci's "Hungry Eye" in San Francisco, where she met long-term mentor, pianist Shelly Robin.
After the tragic loss of her husband, Capt. Bruce Walker (shot down in Viet Nam and still MIA) Martha moved to Germany with their one year old baby girl for two years. Upon returning to the U.S. she completed her B.A. in American Literature at the University of Maryland, after which she moved to San Francisco to resume her singing career.
Martha's first solo album, "The Best Is Yet To Come," was co-produced by Joni Mitchell's producer and sound engineer, Henry Lewy. After its release Martha toured Japan and the Philippines, and then spent a year in Los Angeles where she met and collaborated with pianist/songwriter Frank Collett. Several of those compositions are included on Martha's new collection, "Don't Slam That Door."
New York Times music critic John Wilson says of these collaborations that Martha's "lyrics, with music by Frank Collett, stand up well in the company of such established gems as Strayhorn's "Day Dream" and "Easy Living" by Ranger/Robbins.
After living in New York City for some years, Martha now calls Milford, Pennsylvania home. She has served the Annual Milford Music Festival as its director and assisting with concept development. In 2004 the festival featured numerous fine and musically varied groups. The main stage heard performances from Bill Mays, Jerry Vivino, Nestor Torres and The Harlem Baptist Gospel Choir; and Martha took a break from her directing duties to sing a couple of tunes with the Russ Kassoff (Martha's partner on Blues Over Broadway" also available on CD Baby) Big Band.
Also, listen to her critically acclaimed releases "Come Walk With Me" and "Blues Over Broadway" available here at CD Baby.
"long-time friend and helpful "booster" Al Julien just sent me your new Cd "Door" collection - and I just finished my first listen.... I'm sure you can appreciate my absolute wonder and delight, as an old "dinosaurial" standard writer, upon "discovering" you and your rare talent - particularly in this day and age of (euphemistically put)mediocrity. You are for me, not only a remarkable interpretive artist but also an especially gifted lyricist, the latter quality I find particularly interesting, having done a little of thatmyself!....("London by Night","Sunday in New York", No One Ever Tells You", etc.) I'd like to get to know you as a musical colleague and should that possibility interest you please let me know. I'd also like to hear more of your recordings, etc." Warmest regards, C.C. ...Caroll Coates songwriter/lyricist (wrote themes for movies and many wonderful standards – two Sinatra hits "London By Night" and "No One Ever Tells You" and "You'll See" recorded by Nancy Wilson).
"...An inspired concept performed by an equally inspired artist..."
Barbara & Scott Siegel – TheatreMania.com
“Miss Lorin’s easy, controlled contralto add to the meditative atmosphere of ... her songs.” John S. Wilson - The New York Times
“She is a wonderful singer who has a timeless quality and yet is a fresh voice on the jazz scene.” Tommy Flanagan
“Her musical sensibilities are perfectly intact and she captivates her adoring audience throughout with a natural, sultry delivery that really smolders.” John Hoglund - New York Native
"Martha Lorin is a true gem among modern jazz vocalists. Her styling, phrasing, intonation and sense of swing all show she truly among the creme-de-la-creme of jazz singers today. It's very refreshing to hear an album of Great White Way classics sung as they were meant to be sung -- straightforward, clear, crisp and clean. Martha's definitely got it."
“With her rich, beautiful alto and her highly individual take on material, Martha Lorin is not only one of the best, but also one of the most interesting jazz singers on the scene. Her splendid new show includes an irresistible arrangement of "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter," a haunting, brooding rendition of "Round Midnight," two fine songs by her mother, Margaret Dalton, and an extraordinary interpretation of Kander & Ebb's "New York, New York" that makes this marvelous but oh-so-familiar song seem fresh”. Roy Sander (review for show at Mama Rose’s, NYC, 2/13/04)
"In all of our years on this beat, we have never heard a jazz singer with a more beautifully seductive voice, and Lorin infuses her lyrics with feeling. She has a most uncommon gift: a jazz belt.."
Barbara & Scott Siegel – TheatreMania.com
"Great vocals! Great music! A singer that can sing with feeling verve and style!"
Lee Prosser - Jazz At A Glance
“Martha Lorin’s new show at Judy’s Chelsea is based on a great idea that was just waiting to be had. Lorin has combined the songs of America (like “This Is My Country,” When Johnny Comes Marching Home,” and “That’s A Fine Kind Of Freedom,” “When Johnny Comes Marching Home,”) with that most American of musical idioms, jazz. An inspired concept performed by an equally inspired artist, this is a show steeped in patriotism – however, its patriotism is expressed not as flag-waving but through a celebration of America’s musical tradition. It’s called Americana and, in its originality and unpretentious artfulness, it’s very much a show for our time.”
Barbara & Scott Siegel – TheatreMania.com
“Martha Lorin approaches her jazz as Picasso approached his art. Her performance is accomplished, inventive and powerful. It took the stylish and sensuous; velvet voiced chanteuse only eight bars of Cole Porter’s I Love Paris, for this reviewer, like most of the listeners, to be smitten.”… Show review for Broadway at Danny’s Skylight Room, NYC, and May 2001 Peter Leavy, Cabaret Scenes – July 2001
“Martha Lorin sings with warm, sure intonation and incisive interpretations, bringing her personal style that gets into every lyric to make it her own. A recognized jazz stylist with several CDS to her credit, Martha appears in New York only sporadically. If you get to see her in this potpourri evening, you’ll want to see her again. She can break your heart with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Love Look Away” from Flower Drum Song.” Show review for Broadway,
Jan Wallman, Applause! Applause! Vol. VII Issue 3.
…”she deserves a rave... She has a wonderfully warm contralto which she wields effortlessly, or so she convinced this listener, and that, of course, is where craft comes in. And her program is the very epitome of craft.”
Alan Bargebuhr, Cadence
Critic’s Choice - “Sitting pretty somewhere between jazz and cabaret, Martha Lorin enjoys the casual swing of the former and the dramatic license of the latter. … her storytelling skills earn even such long-overdone numbers as Ivan Lins’s “The Island” and Carol King’s “You’ve Got a Friend” a fresh listen.”
Neil Tesser, Chicago READER
“She remains a terrific jazz singer. She delineates songs in a very appealing way. Martha tells her life story in song because it is such a varied on and grossly interesting. She uptempo's “On Green Dolphin Street,” moves you with “Lush Life,” and shows her capabilities as a writer with “Come Walk With Me.”… Lorin shows affection and warmth in everything she sings. A laurel to Lorin." --
Fire Bird Café, New York, NY, October, 2000,
Gary Stevens, syndicated columnist appearing in 62 papers nationwide.
“Lorin manages to capture the lyrical beauty of a phrase or a tune without resorting to overblown histrionics. Her lush, contralto voice and relaxed phrasing never plead with the listener for attention. Instead, Lorin confidently and sensitively interprets the melody and then steps out of the way, allowing her stellar cast of supporting musicians to shine.”…
Philip Mosberg – Chicago Gigs .com, September 8, 2000
“But it is the way the musicians are mixed that makes for an intriguing, unusual event. … nowhere is Lorin's ability to create a story--with pictures-- brought to life than on the album's coda, "Lush Life." With William Blount's brooding clarinet as background, Lorin delivers a stunning interpretation of Billy Strayhorn's difficult to sing tale of depression and woe.”
Dave Nathan – All Music Guide – “Best of Artist” Four Stars
“No false emotion here – Martha Lorin tells her tales simply, a deep voice of placid strength.”
John Barrett – JazzUSA.Com – Shorttakes – July 2000.
“Sensual and smart are the jazz stylings of Martha Lorin, and she writes beautifully as well: Her performance of “Coney Island” (music by Frank Collette, lyrics by Lorin) was a melancholy masterpiece. Lorin is a performer who not only owns the low notes, she has a long-term lease on the high notes.”
Barbara & Scott Siegel - InTheater
“a warm contralto caresses the classics - No one can duplicate Ella’s incomparable style, but your ears will relish this elegant homage.”
Dave Burns - JazzTimes
“Remarkable intelligence ... Her suede-soft voice wafts behind the beat like reeds in a gentle breeze.”
George Kanzler - The Star-Ledger
“While lovingly paying tribute to Fitzgerald, Lorin is very much her own winning stylist.” Paul Verna, Billboard - Reviews & Previews
“GORGEOUS! TASTEFUL! BEGUILINGLY MUSICAL!" Mary Rodgers - Williamson Music
“The voice is clear and reliable, the delivery emphatic or silky as required, the sense of swing exceptional. And she can write, too …. The phrasing is persuasive, the timing precise, the temperament warm and inviting …. one of the most accomplished singers you’ve never heard." Jack Bowers - Jazz Writer / Reviewer
“Martha Lorin is blessed with an extraordinary voice and is one of the finest jazz singers performing today.”
Pick Of The Month (1/97),
Peter Leavy - Cabaret Scenes
"As long as we’re talking about art to own - ... consider the following: Martha Lorin’s new CD: A Celebration of Ella, in which the exquisitely talented Ms. Lorin eloquently wraps her pipes around such songs as “I Remember You”, “Day Dream”, and “How About Me”
Barbara Siegel & Scott Siegel - Drama-Logue
“Lorin’s voice is pure, her phrasing just perfectly, and her take on some of these classics of American songdom nonpareil.”
Martin Schaeffer - Back Stage
“Working only with Smith, a longtime player with Ella Fitzgerald, and his piano, Lorin gives us a couple of handfuls of American standards that will very politely knock your socks off. ... With her perfect diction ... perfect pitch, splendid jazz phrasing, and a lovely seductive voice, Martha Lorin is a wonder.”
Lee Ryan, “Music for Grownups” - WBAI-FM
“Lorin is an impressive singer. She projects an understanding of the lyrics, and she knows how to ‘work’ a crowd, making us feel just a little bit better.”
Philip Elwood - San Francisco Examiner
“Harking back to some of the great female singers on (sic) the past, she completely loses herself in the mood of each number, often closing her eyes and sailing away on her own personal musical voyage.”
John Horvath - Show Business
"You are one of the finest vocalists I have had the pleasure to have worked with and I mean that. I also appreciate your organization, attention to detail and absolute PERFECTIONISM! You are the kind of singer who lifts the music to another level and inspires us all to play better." Don Miller - Bassist