Biography

A noted presence on the Bay Area jazz scene, Lori Carsillo (an Italian name, pronounced: “car-SILL-oh”), is a vocalist of subtlety and sophistication. The nuance of her phrasing is constantly fresh and compelling. Her repertoire, a mix of well-known favorites and forgotten gems, draws praise from listeners as well as fellow musicians, as does her innate musical sense and down-to-earth nature. She sings with an unaffected, unpretentious style, never overreaching, and always at ease.

Carsillo has performed at top Bay Area venues - Yoshi’s, Bimbo’s 365 Club, the San Jose Jazz Festival - and performed up and down the West Coast. In her formative years, she traveled throughout Europe singing at such festivals as the North Sea Jazz Festival and Umbria Jazz Festival. During the last few years, she has been invited to Santa Fe, NM where she has become a regular guest artist in several local jazz series. Paul Weideman of The New Mexican Pasatiempo Magazine observes, “she has a gorgeous voice, like velvet.” More

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Reviews

Lori Carsillo: “Sugar & Smoke”
by George W. Harris
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CD Review: Lori Carsillo “Sugar & Smoke”
by Edward Blanco
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Articles

“Singer With a Past - Lori Carsillo”
by Paul Weideman, The New Mexican Pasatiempo Magazine
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“Onstage: Whatever Lori/Lola Wants: Singer Lori Carsillo”
by Paul Weideman, Pasatiempo
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“Singing Baby to Sleep”
by Dixie Jordan, Parents' Press
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Interviews

“Lori Carsillo: Mom, Jazz Lounge Singer & Slumber Songstress”
by Danielle Gutherie
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Rave Reviews

  • ...With a lovely voice, superb phrasing, an impressive range...
    Christopher Loudon
    JazzTimes

  • Lori Carsillo is a vocal musician of relaxed, cool self-assurance and her voice is special for its unfiltered feelings and melodic warmth.
    Herb Wong
    Jazz Education Journal/IAJE

  • Savvy Bay Area ingenue, turns a deft phrase, sweetly reworks melodies and convincingly touches 10 standards.
    Downbeat Magazine

  • San Francisco-based vocalist Lori Carsillo chose some of the Bay Area's best - and most under-appreciated - musicians for her moody debut CD, Bittersweet (Tru Blu Lu Records). Composer Cole Porter probably never envisioned Carsillo's seductive delivery on his "Get Out of Town."
    Jazziz Magazine

  • Based in the San Francisco Bay area, Lori Carsillo has a simple and direct delivery, a coolly sensuous voice, and an improvising style that is quite subtle. Her choice of notes is excellent, she swings at all tempos. One suspects that a lot more is going to be heard from Lori Carsillo in the future.”
    Scott Yanow
    L.A. Jazz Scene

  • This singer has a smoky, sensuous feeling accentuated by the wonderful choices of ballads and love songs.
    Michael Handler
    Jazz West

  • Lori Carsillo has a winning combination of natural talent, warmth, and wit.
    Kitty Margolis
    Jazz Singer