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Ingrid Lucia


Ingrid Lucia is a performer through and through. As the New Orleans-reared daughter of a dad enthralled with movies and music from the 1940s, it’s probably no surprise that she’s managed to blend Louisiana-tinged jazz with the songs of the greatest generation while incorporating provocative old-school elegance in her delivery. But don’t think for a second that means she’s all style and no substance. In fact, her history confirms anything but. “My image has been pretty consistent with a few variables along the way,” the 40-year-old said. “Growing up as street urchins, us kids swore we would never be seen that way again. I am a firm believer in simplicity, elegance and the dichotomy of mixing dark moody rock and roll with classic 1940s cuts. I am taken with the beauty of utilitarian art and I try to dress that way. I am presenting an image of a strong and independent female who isn’t afraid to look glamorous and be fun, but can still take care of business and carry a sound system home in heels after the date.” It’s been a performer’s life for the fun-loving Lucia, who writes her own songs and has steadily released solo work – including 2010’s 12-track “Midnight Rendezvous” – in addition to her myriad recording and performing duties with the Flying Neutrinos, which appeared at Jazz Fest in May. “A new fan coming to a show would get a flavor of New Orleans traditional jazz, blues and swing presented through original and standard songs,” she said. “They would get to hear New Orleans’ top musicians, who I am lucky enough to have in my band when they are not playing with Dr. John, Harry Connick Jr., Preservation Hall, The Iguanas or Allen Toussaint. They would be entertained by a singer who sounds a lot like Billie Holiday because they both learned to phrase from the great Louis Armstrong. But more than anything they would get a night of entertainment and music that would include them and take them away from their day and into an unforgettable off-night of fun.”

Earlier Event: November 7
#wcw with Anaïs St. John
Later Event: November 9
The Calico Club Cabaret