Music Inside Out: Quiana Lynell

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Thursday September 27, 2018

From 89.9 WWNO – New Orleans Public Radio

Music Inside Out: Quiana Lynell
By: Gwen Thompkins

Singer Quiana Lynell is a natural educator, and from the time the tape started rolling at Esplanade Studios, class was in session. Lesson one: Intro to Scat Singing.

Good scat is based on the art of improvising in counter-melody ‘” taking an established melody and vocalising a different melodic line that reflects directly on the original. Musically speaking, children are counter-melodies of their parents, especially in their early years. Lynell grew up in the West Texas city of Abilene, where she was raised in an austere, religious household. She learned her first musical lessons in church. ‘That is how I grew up,’ Lynell said. ‘And my mom was like my first voice teacher. She’d be like, ‘Stop singing out of your nose!’

[…] Now, the world is beckoning. In 2017, Lynell won the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, which is held each year at Rutgers University in Vaughan’s home state of New Jersey. Also, Lynell performed in Europe this summer and New York. She’s currently working on a new album with a slew of jazz masters, including trumpeter Terence Blanchard, David Torkanowsky on piano, Max Moran on bass and Herlin Riley on drums, among others.

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