Lola Haag 

       BIOGRAPHY       
 
   Lola Haag is a native of Wisconsin who has been living in California for most of her adult life. Early influences were the great female jazz singers including Ella, Sarah, Peggy Dinah and so many others. She studied the performers who were entertainers, those who really knew how to relate to their audiences. Her musical tastes run from the great American Songbook and the fabulous songwriters of that era to the outstanding contemporary songwriters of today from Jazz to Broadway.

   Lola loves to sing. When she was growing up she was teased by her siblings that she would sing along with anything, including the instrumentals! Her grandmother fibbed and told her that eating burnt toast would give you a good singing voice. She ate all the family’s toast scraps for years.

   Prior to starting a Jazz recording and performing career, Lola pursued her love of the American Musical Theatre playing many lead roles including: Mama Rose in “Gypsy”, Anna in “The King And I”, Adelaide in “Guys & Dolls”, Guinevere in “Camelot” and many others. She directed a youth theater for over 10 years, teaching children and teens acting, singing and performing skills.

   During this time, Lola worked on perfecting her craft as a singer and entertainer and longed for the day when she could share her love for the greatest music ever written with the Jazz Club circuit. She began appearing in clubs all over California developing her “chops” on the music of Cole Porter, Stevie Wonder, Gershwin, Billy Joel, Billy Strayhorn, Ellington and others. Her club experiences let to recording opportunities.

   She recorded her first Jazz CD, “A Tribute to Sarah Vaughan” which featured the Jerome Kern song “All The Things You Are” and Sarah’s hit “Whatever Lola Wants”, which Lola has adopted as her own signature song. Lola’s version was one of the top Jazz vocal downloads in iTunes for many months.

   Her second Jazz CD pays homage to the great Billie Holiday. In her own style, Lola’s version of “God Bless The Child” really shows the depth of her delivery. Her interpretation of Duke Ellington’s “In A Sentimental Mood” and the ballad “He’s Funny That Way” are gems that highlight Lola’s relaxed style.

    Lola's CD “Here I Go Again…” It is a collection of audience favorites from her live Jazz performances. The album has a light swingin’ style and features many familiar songs, including a samba version of “I’ve Grown Accustomed To his Face” to a unique smooth groove version of Billy Joel’s “New York State Of Mind”. The final tune on the album is a new rendition of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”. It gives the listener a chance to hear Lola display the vocal power that is a hallmark of her live shows.

"Heartbeats" features some great contemporary songwriters, arranged for Lola's jazzy style. It includes songs from Sting, Carole King, Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder. Paul Anka & Ed Cobb! It's a fun mix with classic jazz tunes by Rodgers & Hart, Hoagy Carmichael & others! 

Most recent addition to Lola's recordings is the addition of "Love Notes, a collection of some of the most beloved love songs ever written! Included is the infrequently recorded Irving Berlin tune "I Got Lost In His Arms"

 Lola Haag & Her Jazz Ensemble perform continuously in Jazz clubs from New York to California. Her recordings are heard worldwide on radio stations around the globe. Her live show also features R&B & Blues favorites!