Lolo Gervais has a well-earned reputation for pushing musical boundaries and playing the unexpected. Stirring up a mix of classic modern pop tunes into a Neo Vintage Jazz soundtrack— jazz & r&b vocalist Lorraine Gervais belts out over a strong backdrop of mean ragtime/boogaloo/funky piano, standup bass, gypsy guitar & drums. She has supported Mavis Staples, Tower of Power, Rachelle Ferrell, John Hammond, Pete Escovedo, among many others, and has mentored & guided countless singers thru the years with vocal performance and stage presence. Her voice has been described as powerful and soulfully sweet and her stage performances are always entertaining and joyful.
In the hands of this award winning, inventive and genre-bashing Northern California-based group led by keyboardist Jacob Aginsky, everything is fair game from the swinging 1920’s to funky 70’s grooves as they create danceable and unexpected new versions from the songbook of modern pop standards. The closest comparisons are to Post Modern Jukebox, as this award winning and inventive Northern California-based group performs in festivals, galas, performing arts centers, and other entertainment events. Lolo’s fun and inventiveness onstage can’t hide the players’ obvious rich experience and love of jazz, both for improvisation and danceable rhythms.
They have just released their 4th album.
The heart of the collaboration began when bandleader Jacob Aginsky met Lorraine Gervais in the summer of 2014 and they decided to throw their talents & years of performing, music production, mentoring, recording & touring in together to see what musical magic might happen.
"They took the stage and proceeded to raise the roof! The music they produce is sublime & hilarious, and the performances are full of some serious kickass playing.”
Ft Collins Arts & Review -
Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts, 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 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."
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! Anyway I could go on about the other stellar musicians too- magic! Everyone was lined up at the door a half hour before we opened and at the end they made me promise to please, please have Lolo Gervais play again next year… the best party we'd thrown so far!"
Mary Anne Davis
The Union Newspaper
Grass Valley, California