Halie Loren: Putting Eugene, Ore. on the jazz map

Halie Loren performing live in the KPLU Seattle studios on September 5, 2012. Credit Justin Steyer / KPLU


In this studio session, I am pleased to introduce you to a woman who I believe is one of the finest up-and-coming international jazz talents to come along in years, Halie Loren.

Eugene, Oregon, has always had a rich and progressive music scene.  Still, when one thinks of notable “jazz cities,” Eugene isn’t the first place that comes to mind.  However, Halie, who makes her home in that city, might begin to change all that.

In addition to my interesting conversation, Halie and her trio treat us to very inventive jazz versions of Bob Marley’s Waiting In Vain, Bobby Gentry’s Ode To Billy Joe and one of her own compositions, A Woman’s Way.  When you hear these songs we think you’ll agree that Halie Loren is a jazz singer on the brink of stardom.

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