“Take Five” Dave Brubeck (1959)

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One of the most popular songs of all time in the world of Jazz.
Feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to watch him and his son, Chris Brubeck, perform live at my alma mater CSULB back in November– big thank you to KJazz.
Hope ya’ll enjoy as much as I do.
Be on the look out for more jazz related content soon!

Quarantine & Self-Update

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wow, first off I would like to start off by hoping that everyone is healthy & well, quarantined within a safe space (& creative space if need be) stocked with good food, music, and company in spite of “social distancing” and other social chaos that is happening in the midst of this pandemonium. My initial reaction to this national crisis was to spend this time with my family, even if it meant traveling all the ways down here at the east in Georgia. I know the risk I took traveling across the world from LA to Atlanta, but I also know it is a trip very much needed.. I am grateful to spend this time surrounded with those I love. During this time, I am reflecting and tending to my relationships knowing how precious and short life truly is. And as you may not be surprised, of course, how important music plays in my life. I have been working on the growth of my social media presence on the big platforms i.e. Instagram, Tik Tok, My site, and just recently, facebook as I value the engagement I have with my viewers/ followers (you can peep on my music blog site and my artist blog site). I am also currently working on finishing the tracks for my upcoming EP, which I will be releasing some time this year when this whole epidemic subsides, and I have all the visuals, and hopefully *fingers crossing* videos planned, executed, and mastered. I am taking my time, being diligent as I would like to perfect this EP. In spite that it is only an EP, it is super important, that it is up to par to how it envision it will sound and look like since it will introduce and represent a massive part of who I am both as a person and artist. I am super super excited for what is to come in spite of both the personal and professional hurdles I am bound to face.. I know, as I always say, this is just the beginning, because God knows, I am only starting.

Quarantine Playlist pt. 1

If you know me, you’d know that I love all of Mariah Carey’s work. It’s unique. raw. original. and genius. But this specific performance.. this performance for me was the epitome of all the moments for the post 90’s Mariah Carey era. This performance captures the very spiritual and extraterrestrial gift Mariah Carey possesses. One that you can’t really describe, but only feel. Even after all these years of intense tear and usage on her vocal chords, she still has it! It was almost like she was singing to the God and angels above that they heard her and gave her the power to deliver. I can only imagine the magic every one who was present experienced. I can go on and on because I will forever be a lamb! I know it’s been years but I don’t think I can ever forget the initial feeling I got when I first heard Mariah Carey, and this video only reminded me of it and affirms my believe she might arguably be the greatest vocalist the world has ever heard.. (alongside Houston of course). What’s your favorite song by the Supreme Songbird?

Oof! The sultry and sexiness that Toni Braxton owns! Another Sad Love Song (1993) has got to be one of my newest favorite songs from her and my new favorite performance from her. With a deep rich voice like that, she was definitely in the ball park with other great singers. And you really can’t grow wrong with a classic oldie of Toni Braxton’s. Also, can we give credit to her talented sisters, who are killing it with the choreography and background vocals? seriously! Also, lately I have been been binging watching their reality show on Netflix the last couples weeks, it’s addicting haha. if you haven’t seen it, I’d definitely recommend ya’ll gotta give The Braxton Family Values a shot. All different personalities, characters, and talents. Must watch for sure and of course all of Toni Braxton’s tunes. go go go!

Would love to know what songs you guys have been listening to during this quarantine? Comment below!

 

 

Update: My Music Site

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Hey ya’ll,

just droppin’ in to tell ya’ll to peep my new site. Been working really hard on it. Will be making some revisions on it lately as I book more gigs, make new music, covers, and participate in music events here in LA. Can’t wait to fill it with more videos and photos as I grow and pursuit my love for music & singing & the arts.. Got plans get more involved with the great music scene here in Los Angeles as I continue to grow as an artist. As you can see, I’m a super simple kind of gal, so what you see is what you get. Check out my artist site here at lorrainebautista.com! You will find more live performances in the near future, and more content as I find the right time and people to work with. Thank you so much for sticking with me. Can’t wait to see what is in store next for me, and for ya’ll to join me in this super exciting journey.

Much Love,

x Lo

2/20/20 The People’s Party: Elevation & Bar Lounge

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Wow, this year has been a great start for me thus far. Beyond my wildest dreams, I’ve had the chance to perform twice at a local bar in Los Angeles in the past month that has only encourage and inspired my love and creativity for music. The People’s Party hosts shows in the area to showcase local talents and artists, bringing the community together for a great time and great music. If you were to tell me a year ago, this was gonna happen I wouldn’t have believed you. I feel so blessed to have been invited to both events and to simply have the opportunity to share my love for music with others. It has only fueled me to become the best version of myself that I can be as artist/ performer/ singer as I know there is much more to me to share.. It’s a dream I had since I was a little girl, and now I feel empowered to train and get my voice back. (A story I hope to share when I am ready).

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Anyhow, super stoked for the music I am currently writing and creating.. God is good.

Be on a look out for my upcoming EP, that will be releasing very soon within the next months. https://lorrainebautista.com

Til next time,

x Lo

Update: Teaching at New School

New year, new plans. As I always say, being a part of Music Moves In Me has been a blessing thus far. This year I have the chance to be teaching additional classes– this time with toddlers age 2-3. Since it is a younger class, it will take some adjustments before I feel solid and ready to teach. But nonetheless am so thankful that I am in a position to share the gift of music to younger generations. Though the job itself is not much pay, the influence I have for the children to discover their own love for rhythm and sound is priceless. People wonder why I have such commitment to a job that is not financially rewarding, but I don’t do it for the money. It’s about the music, community, and children and that’s all I need to know that what I am doing is worthwhile. Super excited to have ya’ll with me in this journey, will definitely be keeping you posted as more exciting stuff arise.

x Lo

2.20.19 Upcoming Bar & Lounge Performance

Just secured a spot for another bar performance. This time, I’m feeling a lot more physically, vocally, and mentally prepared. While perfection is something that all performers do strive for, as I admittedly do myself, I also am learning that it is about the connection an artist has with the audience. Performance is only another form of communication and for me, as an artist, I cherish that exchange since it is precisely what music entails. Nervous, but also — ready.

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2.9.20 Local Bar Performance

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Had the opportunity to sing my heart out a bar in Los Angeles. I performed “Whipped Cream” by Ari Lennox, one of my favorites at the moment. The club was filled with good vibes and so many talented artists that night. Though I waited nearly three hours to finally perform with a little alcohol in my system and almost no water.. I did the best I can vocally in spite of all the nervous. I know this is only the beginning for me and can’t wait for what else God has in store for me. So cliche, but if you truly put your mind to something you’re passionate about.. God will make miracles for you. Feel free to check out a clip of my performance here and my singing instagram here.

Much Love,

x Lo

 

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KJazz December 2019 Newsletter Edition: KJazz Breaks Fundraising Record During 2019 Fall Pledge Drive

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Dear Lorraine,

Stephanie and I want to thank you for your hard work during our recent Fall Pledge Drive.  We truly appreciate your help!

We want to share with you an overview of the terrific pledge drive results.  The total raised was $323,453.04 (this includes the $30,000 Herb Alpert Challenge Grant).  The average pledge amount was $175.  On the last day of the drive, we had $86,310.16 pledged from 453 individuals.  Comparing back as far as 2007, this was our single best day of fundraising.

As you may be familiar, if you have been following my site for a while now, our 2019 KJazz Fall Pledge Drive has come to an end. The Pledge Drive took place for about 4 days Thursday 10/ 31 to Sunday 11/3, and the outcome of the drive was incredible! As you read in the email above, we raised a total of $323,453.04. This went way beyond our initial goal of $60,000, and we couldn’t have done it without our volunteers, DJ Hosts, staff members, and of course our head supervisor! We worked as a team and the results shows! This single handedly marks the best pledge drive we’ve had so far in regards to fundraising. In exchange for donations our donors not only received special gifts such as flash drives, iPods, CD’s, restaurant gift cards, concert tickets, etc., but also an opportunity to win our sweepstakes! Both included the opportunity to win a pair of concert tickets to our annual Jingle Jazz Concert but also a 7 day trip to Paris.

Our donors were filled with excitement and thus, eager to contribute to the radio station. Their generous contributions allowed us to raise high amount of funds that we did in this pledge drive, not to mention the immense joy they get from their special gifts. We had volunteers commute from all over to make this event possible and we couldn’t be anymore grateful! I also thought I’d note that our volunteers were incredibly, kind, friendly, and knowledgeable considering that they tend to be of the older generations. I personally find joy in conversing with older people only because they are so wise and could offer plenty insight to my naive, budding mind. All donations and contributions make it possible for KJazz to serve its’ purpose of both educating and serving our listeners with the great jazz music that they love to listen to everyday! I am personally incredibly grateful to participate in a great cause such as KJazz this past year, and to know I help play a part in its operations and overall mission makes the hard work worthwhile. To top it off, today my manager offered me more hours in celebration of my first year anniversary with KJazz. My first year at KJazz as so far been so incredible. As an intern, I am grateful to have been offered an opportunity such as this because I’ve met some inspiring people and participated in such great music events! I know that this is only the beginning, and I can’t wait to continue growing with KJazz as both a team member, and aspiring artist myself.

If you’re a jazz cat, feel free to check out our upcoming Pledge Drive this Spring in April. Rock with us and grab your favorite CD in our next drive to hear in on your favorite tune, at KJazz 88.1FM.  Our music and hosts never disappoint!

Also thought I’d mention that I will also be releasing our upcoming KJazz newsletter in December/ January as there will be plenty happening in the next few months, stayed tuned for that!

A Weekend Getaway: Hornblower Cruise

Ended the week with a small get away with my friend on the Hornblower Cruise in Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles. The event was hosted by KJazz and there was live music and served with a delicious brunch. The wonderful guitarist played some great hits like Al Green “Stay Together” and Michael Buble. When we first arrived, my friend and I were greeted with a warm welcome and champagne. The cruise was a two hour ride along the coast of Marina Del Rey, with the view of the ocean and the gorgeous skyline of Marina Del Rey. Though it was a bit chilly, considering we are in the midst of Fall, the sun peaked out and basked us all in its sunlight out on the deck which kept us warm in spite of the ocean breeze and cold weather.  I had a wonderful time and great talk with my friend, who accompanied me, throughout the ride. It’s memories like this that keep me humble and grateful for all that I have and am working towards. Thought I would share some photos down below of our trip.

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Brunch

 

 

Exciting News: December Vocal Performance

Excited to announce that I have a secured a spot to perform with a well established band in Los Angeles. I feel so incredibly blessed and lucky to have this opportunity. I will be joining a band in their Christmas concert performance, who is known to play classical soul, funk, R&B music. The concert will be taking place for a good cause, and I only feel honored to be a part of it.

The leader of the band and I have been in correspondence for a while as we have been meaning to collaborate on music for quite some time. The amazing part of having this opportunity is the fact that it is a Christmas benefit concert. All funds will go towards children with anger management issues to ensure they get the help they need to live happier lifestyles. As someone who aspires to build her own non profit herself, this is a great chance for me to learn from others who are doing the same thing. I am so lucky and blessed, it feels as though things are falling together for me to help me accomplish my long-term goals. There will also be A/B/C listers at the concert who are regular guests for the bands’ appearances. Aretha Franklin’s manager will be there along with many others alike, retired football players and others flying in from other states like Georgia to name a few. It’s going to be a huge event, and I can not be any more excited. This is a chance for to gain some exposure as an artist while also experience performing live in front of a huge audience of about 200-300 people. We will be performing Christmas and holiday songs that will appeal to everybody and who will find a liking to.

As a sneak peak, I thought I’d  include a snippet of me performing for rehearsals and recorded by the band leader himself. Quite honestly, there is no other place that feels like home than to be on a stage, holding a microphone, and pouring my soul out in the form of notes and melodies. While I can appreciate my performance (and I hope you do too) I am a perfectionist and so, it makes me so uncomfortable to hear my mistakes in the video. However, as an aspiring vocalist, I am learning every day to become a better artist. As I’ve always lived by, mastery takes humility and this is only the beginning. Anyhow, hope you enjoy.

I suggest you put your volume up since it is a bit low in the video!

 

New Netflix Series: Rhythm & Flow

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Netflix just released a new series called Rhythm & Flow, and it’s fire. The show entails stars Chance the Rapper, Cardi B, and T.I. on the hunt for the next rap star. They visit the four biggest cities which resides the hub of music: Chicago, New York, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. The winner gets $250,000 cash prize alongside a feature with big name rappers. It’s an all or nothing deal. Let me tell ya’ll somethin’, there was some damn talented rappers out there. You can tell simply by their presentation and delivery, who was serious about winning, and who wasn’t. By their cadence, style, flow, lyricism, and their overall energy who was the real deal. Also who has been in the game the longest! My top favorites are definitely: D Smoke, London B, Flawless, and Rae Kahlil (who I personally think was robbed in this show which you’ll have to watch to find out!). You can tell that they have put some much time, effort, and love in their craft that its so admirable. I think the rap battles is where their artistry and confidence as an artist truly shows. Despite of doubt and tribulation, they did that. It only encourages me to work at my game and to be patient with myself. Because I think all it takes is a little skill, perseverance, faith, and hard work ethic. Those who are natural stars will simply shine brighter period. But it’s up to the people to see it and decide for themselves.

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Overall, all that aside, I am a bit skeptical about the judges and the way they have approached the show in terms of their judgments. In my opinion, I think there is possibly a better match team of judges who I think can offer more valuable insight into the art of rapping (though the judges did drop some words of wisdom). Idols, in my opinions, with much higher credibility. In my opinion, there should be legends and more main star appearances of OG rappers like Snoop Dog or even ice cube. I think this will give more overall value to the show. To me, the current judges are simply the face of modern rap music (while Cardi B and Chance the Rapper have somewhat generated a household name for themselves, they haven’t left a legacy that give them the credibility to critique other artists’ work). So it only leaves me under the impression that the show is more a matter of entertainment than the true art of rap (much like how singing competitions like American Idol and The Voice turned out). But any who, who wants to hear about semantics, right?

If ya’ll want to keep up with the culture, I definitely recommend the watch. Certainly not a waste of time if you a fan of the arts yourself. Can also read more about the show here.

Playing For Change Non-Profit Organization: What’s Going On

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Absolutely, love everything this organization represents.
I was first contacted by Playing for Change back in 2016 for an internship position.
However, due to the circumstances of that time, I was unable to move forward with the process. While I do somewhat hold regret, I know that maybe one day I can re-apply if it is meant to be.

Playing For Chance is a non profit organization based in Los Angeles that helps to create social change on a global scale through music. The organization offers educational opportunities to marginalized and under served youth, traveling the world to record/film musicians from different countries. You can check out their amazing work below. As someone with Batchelor’s in Sociology and who studied social change for years and who has such great passion for music, I am so fascinated and delighted by this organization. They have so much to offer, and I can not wait to be a part of this movement in the future.

Playing For Change Non-Profit Organization: What’s Going On

Check out their video “Playing For Change Non-Profit Organization: What’s Going On” in the link below. It’s definitely a joy to watch.