epkFrom: Atlanta, GA

Genre: Jazz, Blues, Jazz vocals/ Bebop, Swing, Soul,

Members: “Sweet Lu” Olutosin – Vocals

Bio: (Vocalist, lyricist, composer, educator …

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You’ll Never Find (Another Love Like Mine)

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  Performance Calendar

Past Performances

  • May 14, 2016
    First Congregational Church
    Atlanta Jazz Festival’s – JAZZ VESPERS
  • National Sculpture Gardens

    Washington, DC Jazz Festival

  • June 10, 2015
    Kennedy Center – Millenium Stage
    Washington, DC Jazz Festival

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING  

“Sweet Lu” Olutosin is one of the most promising male jazz singers around… He has mixed together aspects of jazz, r&b and such musical role models as Oscar Brown Jr. and Eddie Jefferson to form his own style…”

~ Scott Yanow,
Jazz journalist/historian and author of 11 books including The Jazz Singers

 

” To call Sweet Lu a griot is an understatement. He is a wise sage imparting age old lessons by deftly infusing our cultural history and family values utilizing a tapestry of blues, gospel and jazz that are pure entertainment from beginning to end…”

~ Carl Anthony, 
Jazz historian & curator, Notorious Jazz.com

“…Lu cites the Kevin Mahogany-penned opener, “Still Swingin’”, where he successfully endeavors to “tell the story of how jazz has been beaten up, changed up, and we end it by giving a gospel flavor to inject the feeling of origin in the song,” neatly referencing the “Cross-Roads” theme of this release…”

~ Willard Jenkins
DC-area based journalist, broadcaster, and concerts/festivals curator

 

  “…after the first part in a trio, the pianist presented the special guest, for the first time in Italy, the vocalist Sweet Lu Olutosin. One approach explosives, a mix of soul, blues, mainstream, soloing style vocalese – then added with original (Lyrics) texts – a stage presence that can warm up the audience, a display of medium and low register but then able to surprise with successful forays in the tall one with a clear timbre that recalled the teaching of soul singer James Ingram”.

Napoli da Vivere

 “Olutosin’s voice is deeply rooted and tinged with just enough blues overtone, to make Sweet Lou’s Blues, an engaging offering, for both the jazz aficionado and newcomer. Filled with bursting melodies and topped with Olutosin’s distinctively impassioned voice, he may have just paved the way to new standards in the vocal jazz idiom”.

~ Geannine Reid,

Allaboutjazz.com

 “Olutosin is masterful, filled with ideas within his phrasing, and deeply rooted in blues. The soulfulness of his well-rounded masculine voice is a beacon in the male jazz vocal idiom. One voice I hope to hear for many years to come“.

~ H. Allen Williams,

JazzTimes

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