@ the PizzaExpress Jazz Club
16 November 2010
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Lea DeLaria, who already enjoyed a career as a Broadway singer
and stand-up comedian, made her recording Warner Bros. debut in
2000 with the album “Play It Cool”. Her second album,
“Double Standards”, received rave reviews in the UK
and US press.
DeLaria’s UK jazz live dates have included the London Jazz
Festival (2001 and 2007), Brighton’s Komedia, as well as several
sold-out residencies at Pizza Express, and Pizza On The Park. She
has also appeared at the New York City JVC, the Montreux Jazz Festival,
and as the featured vocalist of The 50th Anniversary of The Newport
Jazz Festival Tour.
Delaria is the first openly gay comic to appear on national television
in the United States ( Arsenio Hall, 1993) from this point forward
she has toured the world with her one-of-a-kind blend of cool jazz
and in your face comedy.The United States Congress officially criticised
Delaria in 1993, but this has not stopped her winning accolades
including Muff Diva - Best Of The Fest (Edinburgh 1993) and Best
Live Performance (Backstage Award 1999). Her work for television
has also recieved acclaim, including the 1994 Regional Emmy for
her performaces on Chanel 4 UK Television. Delaria was also awarded
the 1999 Glama award for role in
Delaria continues to tour, performing at major festivals and clubs
worldwide. She continues to impress critics and woo fans with her
voice, she also continues to cross boundaries with her no take prisoner
Desert Island Discs
Which 2 albums would you take with you to a desert island?
David Bowie – Changes
Charles Mingus – Ah Um