San Francisco Bay Area native Lisa Baney has been singing
almost as long as she's been making sounds. Raised in a
family infused with music (her grandfather was
an opera singer; her uncle played stride piano in bars
during WWII), she learned to sing harmony at age five
with her girl cousins, sitting in the back seat of her uncle's Plymouth on road trips as he taught them Navy drinking songs
in four parts. She was 18 when she had her first paying gig,
and put her first jazz band together when she was 20,
doing club gigs in San Francisco for a pittance plus drinks.
Early on Lisa studied voice with the renowned vocalist
Mark Murphy, and then took her musicianship further and got a music degree from Sonoma State University. She studied big band arranging and performance and for a time was pianist with the SSU big band, accompanying various visiting jazz artists, such as John Handy, in the band's concert series. In her senior year she directed the University's jazz choir, which performed several of her jazz vocal arrangements.
Eventually, Lisa branched out from the Bay Area to travel overseas, singing with jazz musicians throughout Western Europe. Back in this country she's sung record dates as backup singer for songwriters, appeared as featured artist
in area big bands, directed and sung in a four-part female
a cappella jazz ensemble, released a self-produced CD,
and performed in myriad party and casual ensembles.
She’s appeared in several of San Francisco’s top venues, including the Plush Room, Bix,
Café de la Presse, and the Starlight Room.
"Lisa Baney has the artistic courage to sell a song on its own merits...with such sensual finesse, I could feel the Camembert under the glass getting soft and runny. Her sound is
grown up...resonant and rich." (The San Francisco Examiner)