Lolo Gervais has a well-earned reputation for pushing musical boundaries and playing the unexpected. This award winning and inventive Northern California-based group stirs up a mix of classic modern pop tunes into a Neo Vintage Jazz soundtrack. The band's fun and inventiveness onstage can’t hide the players’ obvious rich experience and love of jazz from swinging 1920’s to funky 70’s grooves, while they create uniquely new classics from the songbook of modern pop standards. They released their 4th album in 2018.
From playing classics such as Michael Jackson, the Clash or Sting as 1920’s Prohibition Swing, to Rhianna and AHA played as more mid century swing jazz, or to creating new beautiful jazz ballads from the Eagles or disco’s Gloria Gaynor, audiences can enjoy it all while both listening and/or cutting up the rug— this is not your mama's speakeasy.
The group is fronted by Lolo herself and pianist Jacob Aginsky with an all star roster of supporting players and most closely resembles Post Modern Jukebox in crossing genre and age demographics.
Lolo (Lorraine) Gervais, jazz and R&B singer, has opened for Mavis Staples, Tower of Power, Rachelle Ferrell, Charlie Hunter, John Hammond and Wesla Whitfield among many others. Her voice has been described as powerful and soulfully sweet while her stage performances are entertaining and joyful. In addition to being a life long performer, she is also mentor and guide to younger singers, helping to bring the same level of ease, humor and professionalism to the next generation of performers.
What People ARe Saying
"They took the stage and proceeded to raise the roof! The music they produce is sublime and yet very fun, and the performances are full of some serious kickass playing.”
Ft. Collins News & Arts
Lincoln Performing Arts Center
Fort Collins, CO
"An exceptional group of musicians led by the entertaining and divine voice of Lorraine Gervais. I highly recommend this group for any festival or venue that wants to make patrons happy!"
Julie Baker. Executive Director
The Center for the Arts
Grass Valley, CA
"The jazzy/bluesy stylings of Lolo Gervais and her accomplished sidemen infuses vitality and brings to life songs originally designed for the commercial top 40 market. These new arrangements, greatly enhanced by the adventurous chordal voicings and rhythms of pianist Jacob ...... strips away the excessive pop dross in the original productions to reveal the core essence of the songs through Lolo's passionate singing. As a genuine chanteuse with impeccable taste, Gervais makes these songs her own, drawing favorable comparisons to Edith Piaf and Josephine Baker but with a very unique and highly soulful take on these modern classics. She's an absolute force."
Oz Fritz - 2016
Grammy award winning engineer/mixer
Tom Waits/Primus/Bill Laswell/John Zorn
"A class ensemble, making modern music sound so retro and timeless, maybe even for the better! Definitely a party! Love their creative artistry and the sheer joy and fun coming from lead singer Lorraine Gervais."
J. van Dijk, Sound Diva, KVMR DJ and Morning show host - June 2015
"When I discovered Lolo Gervais, I knew I had found the absolutely perfect group. The lead singer, Lorraine Gervais, with her velvety soulful voice and original renditions of songs and Jacob Aginsky on piano -- where did he learn to play like that? Pure entertainment! The best party we'd thrown so far!"
Mary Anne Davis
The Union Newspaper
Grass Valley, California
Photographer: Kim Sayre