photo: lauren desberg

"Gretchen Parlato is a singer-arranger of consummate control and slow-burning intensity... lives at the crossroads of sensuous and spiritual, singing from deep within hypnotic grooves with enormous rhythmic sophistication." 
— Allen Morrison, Downbeat Magazine

Lean In —

Gretchen Parlato
Lionel Loueke 

Lean In
on Edition Records 

‘Lean In’ tells the story of 20 years of connection, inspiration and friendship between two musical soulmates.
release date - May 19!!

» listen to "I Miss You"

The very first duo recording from two musicians who have performed together for more than two decades,

Lean In is all about healing, deep trust, love and family. In a time when warmth and compassion are needed more than ever before, both artists felt compelled to make a record sharing songs of inspiration, reflection, wonder and unity, with the title encouraging us to ‘lean in’ to ourselves and to those around us.

Lean In is a record for the soul.


private lessons & workshops!

december availability for private lessons!

group workshop january 2, 2023 just added!

conveniently on zoom PT (los angeles) 

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performance reviews

Gretchen Parlato spellbinding at Ronnie Scott’sby Peter Jones, Jazzwise, Oct 14, 2022
The Grammy-nominated singer dazzles with a sophisticated set of intimate and intricate songs at Ronnie Scott’s
Parlato goes beyond mere intimacy in her singing: I would call it interior, as if we are being invited to share her innermost thoughts. As with Blossom Dearie, wistfulness is her default setting. She doesn’t really do standards; it’s more about flow than structure. Much of the set consisted of her own compositions or reworked songs from outside jazz. »» read article

Gretchen Parlato, Ronnie Scott’s, Tuesday 11th October - mike collins, jazzyblogman
A pause for breath and a moment of silence in the middle of Ugly Beauty seemed like the magical sweet spot of this gig. It had been heading there from the start of the early set at Ronnie’s. Gretchen Parlato, mic in hand, and Gerald Clayton at the piano were alone on the stage and the magic had descended. Clayton seems to find the purest essence in everything he plays and to express it with an economy and elegance that is breathtaking. He had distilled a harmonic shift from Monk’s ballad, rendered it in angular almost classical arpeggios as an intro, and then Parlato’s almost-not-there gossamer vocal traced the unmistakable melody, laden with introspective melancholy, sighing the lyric.  »» read article

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