Lisa Maxwell started performing as a vocalist in 1980’s at Jan Wallman’s in Greenwich Village and worked the NYC cabaret scene during the 1980s and early 1990s. During this period she also appeared at Judy’s, Don’t Tell Mama, Mr. Sam’s, Nell’s, La Cave, Tatou, and Danny’s Skylight Room. She studied voice with Guen Omeron, and Joyce Bryant. She was coached by Buddy Barnes, Rita Gardner, and Keith Ingham.
She attended Herbert Berghof studios and was taught there by Rita Gardner, Carol Hall, and Richard Morse.
In 2003 Lisa and her husband, jazz pianist George Newall and executive producer of ABC TV's Schoolhouse Rock, began collaborating on what would become her first CD, “Return to Jazz Standards”.
In 2009 she had the opportunity to record two duets with the legendary Bob Dorough.
Lisa & George were able to finish their collaboration which was released in July 2010, to much critical acclaim. This inspired her to rejoin with her coach and accompanist, Keith Ingham for her second recording ‚ “Happy”, with Frank Tate on bass, Al Gafa on guitar , Steve Little on drums and Ben Wittman on percussion, released in 2011.
Since then she has returned to performing and has appeared in NYC at the Metropolitan Room, The Empire Room, Midday Jazz at St. Peter’s with Bob Dorough, and many Westchester venues.