Lorraine Feather is a lyricist/singer whose latest Jazzed Media release, Ages, the follow-up to Feather's acclaimed 2008 release Language, debuted on February 9, 2010. The music on Feather's new album is by Russell Ferrante (Yellowjackets), Shelly Berg, Eddie Arkin, Béla Fleck, and Dick Hyman, who all guest as musicians (some of the tracks also incorporate unusual percussion such as a trash can and dog bowl). The original songs on Ages range from the hilarious to the heart-rending; Feather's lyrics cover a wide range of topics including marriage, death, B vitamins, long-held yearnings, grammar school, and Scrabble- commentaries on life as she has known it from zero to sixty."
Lorraine Feather's work has been heard on numerous records, in films and on television, and she has received seven Emmy nominations as a lyricist. This is her first Grammy nomination. Her 2001 release, New York City Drag, featured contemporary lyrics to formerly instrumental pieces written by Fats Waller; she did similar treatments with Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn instrumentals on Cafe Society, Such Sweet Thunder (all-Ellington/Strayhorn), and
All of the six albums Feather has released since 2000 have been enthusiastically reviewed; Jazz Times has called her a lyrical Dorothy Parker" and her work pure genius," and Dave Frishberg has referred to her as the best of the new crop of jazz lyricists." Ages has received the most critical acclaim to date, literally dozens of rave reviews, three of them on All About Jazz by separate reviewers; there is also an extensive piece about her creative life on the site ("The Girl with the Lazy Eye." All Music Guide gave Ages four and a half stars and described it as a stunning recording that once again trumps the other excellent albums she has made."
Jazzed Media, a jazz record label and film production company, was founded in the Denver, Colorado metropolitan area in 2002. Jazzed Media's owner Graham Carter is a multi-Grammy nominated record producer (The Bill Holman Band Live and The Bill Holman Band Hommage) and award-winning jazz filmmaker (Phil Woods: A Life in E Flat & Bud Shank: Against the Tide). Currently, Jazzed Media owner Graham Carter is producing & directing a documentary film on big band jazz legend Stan Kenton.
Artists appearing on the Jazzed Media label include Phil Woods, Bud Shank, Terry Gibbs, Bill Holman, Bob Florence, Bill Charlap, Brian Lynch, Hubert Laws, Marvin Stamm, Bill Mays, Carl Saunders, Don Menza, Christian Jacob, Irene Kral, Jackie & Roy, Bob Lark, Jim McNeely, Mel Martin, Benny Carter, Frank Tiberi, Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton, Jeff Clayton, Lorraine Feather, Judy Wexler, Denise Donatelli, Frank Derrick, Jack Cortner, and Matt Wilson.