DOOJI WOOJI Press Release
Singer/lyricist Lorraine Feather’s new album, Dooji Wooji, is a natural progression from the projects she has
done since 1999, which have featured a combination of well-known instrumental pieces with her
contemporary lyrics (Fats Waller in her 1999 New York City Drag for Rhombus Records, Duke Ellington in last
year’s Such Sweet Thunder, Sanctuary) and all-new songs in a classic jazz vein (Cafe Society, 2002, Sanctuary).
These albums have brought Feather extraordinary press and wide airplay; Such Sweet Thunder received a four-
star review in Down Beat and was chosen as one of the top vocal albums of the year by numerous jazz
columnists in publications including Jazz Times, Coda, Pulse and All About Jazz.
When writing and recording Such Sweet Thunder, Lorraine became intrigued by the “small big band” sound
favored by Duke Ellington, as well as such leaders as John Kirby and Benny Goodman, in the 1930s. She
decided to create an album of original material that would focus on the mood and instrumentation of this era,
while incorporating various modern elements including, as always, her lyrics. Her collaborators for this project
became longtime co-writer Eddie Arkin; pianist Russell Ferrante (of the group Yellowjackets), arranger Bill
Elliott, with whom Lorraine had worked on her previous two albums; and pianist Shelly Berg. Dooji Wooji also
includes four Ellington tracks that Lorraine had been unable to record on Such Sweet Thunder for legal
reasons but was able to acquire permission to adapt this time. One of these is the title track of the
album, renamed “Sweet Honolulu.”
Besides her life as a recording artist, Lorraine works as a lyricist for film and television and has earned seven
Emmy nominations. In 2003 she wrote the lyrics for Disney’s The Jungle Book 2—in 2004, for Julie Andrews’
first onscreen performance in many years in The Princess Diaries 2. Make Way for Noddy, featuring Lorraine’s
lyrics, will air on PBS in 2005. She is currently working with Bill Elliott on The Aristocats 2 for Walt Disney,
with Mark Watters and Terry Sampson on the My Little Pony films, and collaborating with New York
composer Stefania deKenessey on an opera of Bonfire of the Vanities. Lorraine has had songs recorded by a
host of jazz artists, including Patti Austin, Kenny Rankin, Phyllis Hyman, Diane Schuur, Djavan and Janis Siegel.
Opera singer Jessye Norman sang the Feather/Mark Watters piece “Faster, Higher, Stronger” for the Opening
Ceremonies of the 1996 Olympics.
Lorraine is the daughter of the late jazz author and composer Leonard Feather, and the goddaughter of
DOOJI WOOJI Reviews
“After last year's brilliant sojourn through Ellingtonia with the dazzling Such Sweet Thunder, it's hard to imagine Feather outdoing the creative voodoo she's summoned thus far... hard, that is, until you wade into Dooji Wooji (Sanctuary) and hear her conjure a dozen new magical flights of fancy.”
—Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times
“Deliciously savvy...deceptively light, fresh lyrics...charming, hilarious... Meticulous charts and Feather’s pinpoint execution nudge these gems beyond novelty, urging later listenings.”
“The combination of Feather’s enchanting vocals, her intelligent, entertaining lyrics and the contributions of her arrangers and musicians, make Dooji Wooji not only a shoo-in for my top ten list for 2005, but also a CD that will easily stand the test of time.”
—All About Jazz
”On a first read of the intricate, intelligent lyrics, it’s hard to imagine they can be sung. But Feather swings through them like an instrumentalist, her delivery easy but never facile... on Dooji Wooji, Lorraine Feather’s voice, lyrics and original point of view measure up to her roots.”
".Lorraine’s ability to get her tongue round some of these lyrics, occasionally at Concorde-like pace, is remarkable ... It gets better the more you play it."
"Feather, an extraordinary lyricist and vocalist, has crafted a musical time capsule that takes you back to the Big Band era. Her jazz is old school, filled with swingin’ rhythms, playful lyrics and sweet singing ... " [5 Stars]
"Lorraine Feather has found her niche in jazz as an inventive lyricist ... excellent." [4 Stars]
—All Music Guide
"There are brilliant lyricists who shouldn't be allowed to sing. Then there's Lorraine Feather. She's special. Often wry, sometimes nostalgic, always perceptive, with a delivery as clear as a bell."