Lorraine “Lolo” Gervais is a jazz and R&B singer whose warm and soulful vocals, stage presence and warm relationship with her audiences have made her a favorite on both the local scene and when playing different venues and festivals up and down the west coast and beyond. She’s known for being a consummate and versatile entertainer who brings a quirky elegance and contemporary feel whether it’s singing Neo Vintage Jazz— or belting out Classic R&B and Soul. Singing onstage since childhood, Lolo has truly lived her life in music. Now sInging primarily with 3 groups, each band is known for their different styles for whatever the occaison or venue.
From traveling to Hawaii for a New Years nightclub show, to a performing Arts Center in Colorado, an jazzy gala in San Francisco, or a throw down R&B party at a local nightclub or wedding, the goal is always to have a great time onstage and to give each audience a unique experience.
—Lolo Gervais Neo Vintage Jazz: Modern vintage swing with quirky and fun arrangements of modern pop tunes into vintage swing and funky jazz.
—Lolo’s VIntage R&B Revue: R&B / Soul grooves of Aretha, Marvin Gaye, Al Green and more. Old-school soul grooves.
—Giant Steps: Classic & timeless jazz, Lorraine is a featured singer with this all star group as they perform everything from Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, and Louis Armstrong to Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday, and Sarah Vaughan to Miles Davis, Astrud Gilberto, Charlie Parker, Etta James, Michael Brecker and more. Authentic jazz atmosphere at it’s best.
In March 2018, Lorraine was awarded Best Local Performing Artist in Nevada County for the 3rd year in a row. Nevada County was recently named 1 of 16 "Culturally Designated Districts" by the State of California for it's rich and diverse representation and community involvement in the arts.
Lorraine Gervais started singing at public events when she was 5 along with her mother, a classically trained singer, and then moved on to follow in the footsteps of her jazz and blues singing, piano playing grandmother who began touring in the 1920’s, playing roadhouses and nightclubs around the country.
After living in Europe for some years, Lorraine began performing in nightclubs throughout the West Coast—LA to Seattle and everywhere in between. Clubs, festivals, galas, non-profit benefits, house concerts, parties, touring and recording have been the mainstays of Lorraine’s professional life since the age of 15.
In addition to being a singer, performer, band leader and opening for headliner artists such as Mavis Staples, Tower of Power, Rachelle Ferrelle, Charlie Hunter, Wesla Whitfield, John Hammond, and many others, she has sung on many commercial projects and has released 7 jazz influenced albums (4 with her band Lolo Gervais), and a Christmas album partnered with guitarist Tony Unger.
In the role of concert producer and mentor, Lorraine Gervais Productions has showcased regional artists and vocalists who live in Northern California. Her large vintage style tribute shows, co-produced with The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, have highlighted music in many genres—from jazz to country to R&B and soul to rock and pop, and have been wonderfully successful in bringing audiences of different musical tastes into each experience — all 17 of them! In these productions she has mentored less experienced singers into the world of professional stage performance by bringing them in as both background and lead vocalists, teaching them how to interact with professional musicians, how to manage stage confidence and develop their own stage presence and style. Lorraine also recently served as the Music Mentor Program Coordinator for a free community music mentoring program with The Center for the Arts, funded with a 2 year grant from the Irvine Foundation, The California Arts Council, and other entities. This groundbreaking program brought 50-60 members of the community together every Monday night for 40 weeks in creating a safe, supportive, and fun environment for people to participate in making music together in a band setting with professional musicians to guide them.
Photographer: Kim Sayre