Vocalist Lucy Blanco’s family roots began in a small fisherman’s village in Santa Rosa de Aguan, Honduras Central America. Her parents migrated to the Bronx, New York in 1964 where she was born. She is a proud descendant of the Garifuna people who settled in Central America from the Caribbean Island of St. Vincent. She has relocated back to her hometown of New York City from Los Angeles where she had been living for the last 20 years.
Her musical influences are varied and include Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Hector Lavoe, Gloria Estefan and Celia Cruz Her life was forever changed when she got a chance to attend an Artist in Residence program @ The Conservatory of Music in Den Hague with Dr. Barry Harris as a member of The Radiant Voices. She credits The World Stage, The late Billy Higgins, the late Dahl Scott, pianist/composer/arranger the late Michael Andrews and many other artists and friends who graciously opened the door and provided wonderful opportunities to learn about the art of jazz.
Since relocating to New York City in August ’09, she has worked with some of the best musicians the East Coast has to offer such as Benito Gonzalez, Mala Waldron, Mimi Jones and Danny Mixon. She recently collaborated with Garifuna musician and educator James Lovell and formed The Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble. Ms. Blanco is currently producing her debut album with International Pianist Warren Byrd. “My goal is to make music that speaks to the love I have for Jazz and Latin music and reflects the Garifuna/Afro/Latina heritage I am proud to have.”