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LUCAS LASAGNA / Press

“ Pennsylvania’s Lucas Lasagna has a golden voice reminiscent of Frank Sinatra, which he shows off from start to finish on his 2006 album Music to Eat and Love By. The jazz standard “Angel Eyes” is performed by him in the spirit of Sinatra, and he is met by a rhythm section that takes him in and out of time throughout the ballad’s measures. The standard “Lush Life” is done in the style of Johnny Hartman, and one can hear the golden history of jazz vocals in the extent of the ballad selections on the album. This release is perfect to listen to while enjoying a glass of red wine, milk-fed veal, and extra virgin olive oil at dinner with the family. Sidemen Don Braden on saxophone and flute and the late Charles Fambrough on bass are a real pleasure to listen to complementing the vocalist. Lasagna closes the album with “One for My Baby”, a legendary composition which once again highlights his talents in the middle range, turning out jazz vocals of all gold.”

“ Though classically trained, Lasagna is down to earth in his live shows. He has a boy-next-door appeal, always polite, approachable and projecting a warmth that assures his audiences that he enjoys singing to them. He says that standards appeal to all ages. "The music is so powerful. It speaks to the human condition. Nearly everyone who has gone through life can relate to them in a very real way." ”

Dave Howell - The Morning Call

“Singing jazz standards seems to be a young person's game nowadays, so it's not beyond the realm of possibility that the next singer to hit it big could well be the Lehigh Valley's own Lucas Lasagna. The 27-year old Fogelsville resident has the voice, developed over years of training with private teachers and at New York's City's famed Juilliard School, where he studied opera. Lasagna's accumulation of equipment for demos grew into a recording studio, Vessel Productions, so it is no surprise that his live sound with backing tapes is near perfect. "People ask me, "Are you really singing?"' he says. "I have to pull the mike away to prove that I'm not lip-syncing. It's the highest compliment I could be paid." Lasagna(his real name) sings many Sinatra songs, but does not try to imitate him. "You can hear enough difference to know it's me," says Lasagna. "I've developed my own phrasing and my own vocal personality." ”

Dave Howell - The Morning Call
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