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Laranah Phipps / Bio

Lady Laranah Phipps


Laranah Phipps is a jazz soul-stress with a touch of world music influence. She is one of the hottest
jewels in the East Coast jazz crown. Laranah comes to the jazz arena naturally, as she is the product of
Newark, NJ's illustrious jazz scene and works hard to continue the legacy of “Phipps Family”, Newark,
New Jersey's First Family of Jazz. The Phipps Family has enjoyed a long, prosperous and well
documented jazz legacy both in the USA and abroad. Ernie Phipps, Gene Phipps, Sr. (her father), Nat
Phipps, Harold Phipps, Billy Phipps, and Gene Phipps, Jr. have all helped to pave the way for Laranah
to step out onto the jazz stage with confidence and competence.
Lady Laranah Phipps brings to the table, her own distinctive sound, sense of phasing, timing, story
telling, and her volcanic grasp of groove, which she sometimes tends to color with humor,
sensuousness, heart wrenching pain, and/or soul stirring joy. Her straight-ahead approach combines
tried and tested jazz improvisation with new and innovative ideas. Lady Laranah's voice is laced with a
certain ancient African richness, which allows her instrument to soar with a distinct yet familiar soul
and power. A charismatic personality and a regal stage presence makes Lady Laranah Phipps a genuine
jazz vocalist and an inspiring entertainer.
1995 Raising The Standards (The Live Edition)
1998 Wild Eyes Crying
2001 The Woman In Me
2010 Phipps and Friends (Bill Phipps)
2012 The Lioness Awakes (Unreleased)
Performance Credits (USA & Abroad)
Duke Ellington's Sacred Concerts©
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill©
Jazz Night Clubs, Festivals, Private Events, Corporate Functions, Disaster Relief Fund-Raising Events.
Co-Appearance Credits
Emory B. Tinley, Joe Scott, Arts High Concert Chorus, NJ All State Chorus, Showtime at the Apollo,
Phipps Family, Tiny Grimes, B.B. King, Take 6, Alfonso Blackwell, Baba Olatunji, Slide Hampton,
Russell Malone, Bootsie Barns, Jack Bicknell, Jerald Veasley, Big John Patton, Corkey Caldwell, Amiri
Baraka, Yoron Israel, Max Lucas, Frank Bey, Spiro Jiro, Vel Johnson, Jamilla Joseph, Tiffini Davis,
James Stewart, George Grey, Daryl Robinson, Nathan Lucas, Radam Schwarts, Geary Moore, Eric
Johnson, Matt Barnello, G. Earl Grice, Gloria Coleman, Jeanie Brooks, Joel Joyner and many other
amazing artists.
Production Credits
Production Stage Manager| Dunbar Repertory Company,
Production Assistant| Count Bassie Theater| Red Bank NJ| Paramount Theater| Asbury Park NJ
Artistic Director| Sentaj Productions Newark NJ
CEO/Director of Operations| Phipps Entertainment Group:
*Natty Goddess Music Publishing *Flat 5 Records & Entertainment *Contemporary Vocal Academy
(Private Instruction, Asbury Voices, Very Special Voices), *theSINGmethod ©
Jazz Radio Talk show Host| Real Jazz Talk| Blogtalkradio
Booking and Press
More Music Group | Agent: Kathy Moore | www.moremusicgroup.com | 757.463.1940

The Phipps Family History

In the late 1930's the Phipps family emerged on Newark's jazz scene and began to position itself as a
Newark jazz entity. Pianist Ernie Phipps led the big band The Marnarks of Rhythm with his brother
Eugene Phipps, age 15, at the Savoy Ball Room along with The Sultans of Swing, Poncho Diggs, and
other big bands. Later Eugene Phipps took over the big band, which included George Auld and Laurel
Gardens. Ernie Phipps played the local jazz scene until 1960. At age 17, Eugene Phipps, Sr. traveled
with Billie Holiday, Joe Guy, Max Roach and Ike Quebec on a national tour. During the 1950's Eugene
Phipps co-led the house band at the legendary Washington Bar, which also featured Babbs Gonzolas,
Lew-Rew Jordan, and Ike Quebec.
Many of Newark's jazz musicians honed their skills sitting in with the Washington Bar house
band.Pianist Nat Phipps along with brother Bill Phipps formed the Nat Phipps big band with Wayne
Shorter, Grachon Moncur, Chris White, Charlie Mason, Harold Phipps and Robert Thomas. Wayne
Shorter left to play with Maynard Ferguson and later Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. In 1960 Nat
Phipps broke the big band down to form the Mega Tones. The Mega Tones worked all of the major jazz
clubs the East Coast Scene. At this time Nat Phipps, Chicho Mendoza, and Joe Thomas were among the
top local groups working the Newark scene. Nat Phipps was the original leader of the Peppermint
Ballroom's Tuesday night jam session, located in East Orange, NJ.
Bill Phipps left the Mega Tones Big Band to tour with Dizzy Gillespie's Big Band in 1967 Playing
Baritone sax, then on to Ray Charles' band and Jack Mcduff's Band. Harold Phipps later formed a jazz
and Latin jazz sextet that included the top local musicians and the Phipps. Eugene Phipps Jr. hit the
Newark Jazz scene in the late 1960's playing all of the clubs. In the early 1970's Eugene Phipps, Jr.
worked with the Lamama Theatre under the direction of Ellen Steward. Debbie Allen was also one of
the members of Lamama. Eugene Phipps, Jr. played the Newark & New York Jazz scene with the likes
of Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln, Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, Carter Jefferson, Woody Shaw, Tito
Puente and Ray Barretto. He also embarked on a European tour. In 1985 Eugene Phipps, Jr. was one of
the pioneers of the Priory Jazz Club, playing every Thursday night for the first two years. In addition to
the jazz scene, Angela Phipps taught music in the Newark school district from the 1950's until she
retired in 1990.
After winning Showtime at the apollo in1984, Lady Laranah's focus on jazz prompted several
musicians to take an interest in her. They provided her with an invaluable amount of information and
hands on training including her mother, Constance Hayes, Emory B. Tinley, Tiny Grimes, and Joe
Scott, James Stewart, just to name a few. Lady Laranah Phipps continues to hone her craft and follow
in the footsteps of her family, and gain favor in the eyes of the jazz community. The Phipps Family is a
Newark Jazz Staple.

General Info

Artist Name
Laranah Phipps
Home Page
Active Since
Jazz / Neo Soul / Blues

Contact Info

Newark, NJ
Kathy Moore

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