Lainie Cooke
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I started singing when I was a child. My first known recordings happened when I was three years old. Over the years I probably made a few others for family and friends, but it took a great many more years to make one that was available in stores and on line.

I’ve always been a jazz singer. My early influences were all female jazz singers who started their careers as big band singers: Ella, Peggy, Sarah, Chris Connor and June Christy. By the time I was 14, I was too; singing with bands and small combos at country clubs and in the last of the old ballrooms left in my home state of Minnesota.

By the time I got to College I was contemplating a life in Musical Comedy having received a Scholarship in Theatre Arts at the University of Minnesota. Two years later I was off to New York, auditioning and doing a few jazz gigs in clubs in New York and Conn. The idea of the road never felt good to me and when I was offered a job doing some voiceovers for Cremora (both the voice over and the jingle) and not long after that an agent in the voiceover field – well, it seemed that was the answer for me. Certainly, it was at the time and I let voiceover work support singing and the rest of my life.

I have spent well over 25 years as a VO actor and coach. I’ve lived and worked in New York and Los Angeles; and for a time I even ran a chicken farm and sang with a small band of jazz musicians in Jamaica, WI.

I’m currently the National Recording Secretary of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and serve as a Board member on both the National and New York Local Board. A few years ago, I completed the Feldenkrais training, which changed the way I sing, teach and breathe.

In 2003, I released my first CD “Here’s to Life” on the Harlemwood label with the help of my good friends Voza Rivers and Jamal Joseph.

I am a trained actor who is a jazz singer. I am a jazz singer who is a trained actor. What I do is about the song. It is a very direct kind of communication. More than anything I want to touch you so I aim for the heart and the most important thing I can do is sing the truth.
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I just uploaded a new song from my new CD = It's Always You. I'd love you to take a listen.

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Posted on July 27, 2009 at 5:41am 2 Comments

Lainie Cooke, “It's Always You”

Posted by: editoron Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 10:40 AM

By: Edward Blanco

Better late than never, is a phrase everyone is familiar with but takes on a special meaning for vocalist Lainie Cooke, a remarkable singer who has waited more than most for the opportunity to engage her first love of song. With “It's Always You,” her sophomore recording, Cooke presents a mellow twelve-track set of wonderful standards bathed… Continue

It's Always You - reviewed in JazzTimes March,2009

Posted on February 21, 2009 at 10:44am 3 Comments

Lainie Cooke

It’s Always You (Harlemwood Records)

Among jazz singers, there’s never been any shortage of late-to-the –game practitioners, but Lainie Cooke numbers among the few who can claim to have started early--very early--yet waited more than half a lifetime to make their recording debut.

The Minneapolis-born Cooke has been singing since age 3 and was fronting a big band at 14. Throughout the 1980s, she proved a consistent favorite on the L.A. club circuit. She then… Continue

It's Always You Reviewed in Jazz Improv Magazine

Posted on May 30, 2008 at 6:48pm 1 Comment



Harlemwood Records, 253 W 138th Street, New York, NY 10030.

It’s Always You; Too Close For Comfort; The Very Thought of You;

I Will Wait For You; Tuesdays in Chinatown; Answer Me; Waiter Make Mine Blues; When A Woman Loves A Man; I Want To Talk About You; Take Me

In Your Arms; Meet Me Where They Play The Blues; After You.

PERSONNEL: Lainie Cooke, vocals; Cameron

Brown, bass; Roland Barber, trombone; Tedd Firth,

piano; Marvin… Continue

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At 2:00pm on June 5, 2011, Mary MacGowan said…

Lovely to meet you, too, Lainie!


At 4:29pm on May 2, 2010, Jaijai Jackson said…
Great to hear from you Lainie, I pray all is well with you and that your wonderful spirit is received with joy each day you share your gift with the world.

We love you here in The Jazz Network! Stay connected!

At 11:26am on January 30, 2010, dirk amrein said…
At 10:18am on August 15, 2009, Bruce C said…

Lainie....such lovely artistry indeed!....Impeccable musicianship, with your vocals... if you ever need visuals to match you musical artistry would love to network with you anytime...great chops on your backup group too...thank you for sharing your best to you ...always b
At 1:24pm on July 28, 2009, Denise Donatelli said…
Thanks so much, Lainie and back at ya. I purchased your Tuesdays in Chinatown. I love your voice, phrasing ... just gorgeous!!
At 9:15am on April 17, 2009, Ray Blue said…
Will do Lainie. Stay well.

At 12:17pm on March 18, 2009, Christian Ton Ton Salut said…
Great stuff ! I really enjoyed the music and your way of singing, I'm gonna buy the album if possible to get it in France.
Best to you, sincerely...
Christian Ton Ton Salut
At 6:57am on March 4, 2009, Kari Gaffney said…

Are you promoting this CD to radio??

Kari Gaffney
At 12:55am on February 27, 2009, Lisa Markley said…
At 9:47am on February 7, 2009, Dena Taylor said…
Laine, I totally loved the review you got in the new JazzTimes! Congratulations!!! Dena

















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