Prior to August 30th, 2017, "Doing Jazz" was known as "Doing Art".
Lauren Desberg’s sonic palette simultaneously pays homage to traditional jazz while displaying her own contemporary feel—she embodies the spirit of her generation yet defies expectations. Growing up in Los Angeles, CA, Desberg’s younger years were filled with choirs and musicals, while her radio played jazz and 90’s teen groups alike. While attending the prestigious Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA), she sang with LACHSA’s jazz ensembles along with the Gibson-Baldwin Grammy Ensembles, the Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony as well as performing at the Monterey and Playboy Jazz Festivals. Lending her vocals to the Beantown Swing Orchestra, during her time at Berklee College of Music, Desberg’s talent has certainly not gone unnoticed, receiving the ASCAP Foundation Leiber & Stoller Music Award. Her debut EP Sideways (2012), produced by Gretchen Parlato, and featuring Taylor Eigsti and Dayna Stephens, attracted attention from NPR and jazz stations worldwide. The songwriter began to bridge the gap between the jazz of yesterday and the popular music of today on her first full-length album, Twenty First Century Problems (2015), which also featured Taylor Eigsti, as well as Walter Smith. Her modern favorites, such as Frank Ocean and Kimbra, influence her sound as much as jazz greats of the past.