Manuel Valera

Having just performed a hard swinging, foot tapping, packed-house performance at Dizzy?s club at Lincoln Center as part of the Diet Coke Women In Jazz Festival, Lenore is fast rising as one of the top mainstream/beboppers today.

While creating her own inventive, swinging style she has been compared to her main influences? Bud Powell, Oscar Peterson ,with touches of harmonic influences of Bill Evans.

SONY/Columbia jazz writer John Gilbert has called her ?simply one of the best pianists in our art form today?she always swings!?

She was a guest on Marian McPartland?s Piano Jazz last year, and has continually been touring across the country with stops at the Jazz & Blues Company in Carmel, the IAJE Jazz Convention where she gave a showcase performance, Colorado Springs Conservatory where she performed and gave a jazz workshop, The East Coast Jazz Festival, and many more.

She has received standing ovations at performances at Jazz In The Sangres festival, Jazz At The Carnegie, Blowing Rock Jazz Society gala, 16 th Annual Jazz Showcase in New Bern, North Carolina and many more. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Lenore studied classical piano, but was enamored of the recordings of Clifford Brown, Charlie Parker and of course Bud Powell.

Playing along with these recordings and then later, Oscar Peterson?s she began her performance career in New York City at a little spot called Gregory?s where she also heard greats such as Art Hague, Ellis Larkins, and she performed with Ellingotn alumni Sonny Greer and Russell Procope.

During her career she has performed with such luminaries at Clark Terry and Al Grey aboard the S.S. Norway Floating Jazz Festival, with Wycliffe Gordon and Ken Peplowski as the first woman in the jazz showcase in New Bern, with Harry Allen and Warren Vache in a jazz concert series in New Jersey, and many others.

Lenore is also an advocate of the importance of jazz education and has done many highly acclaimed jazz workshops around the country, teaching young children the history of jazz, and music students the art of having a successful performance career. She is an Outreach Artist for the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE).