Lori Mechem


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A respected jazz pianist, composer and educator, Lori, along with her husband Roger Spencer, has lived in the Nashville area since 1988. In addition to directing production shows and conducting musical theatre, she has performed with artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Red Holloway, Jimmy Smith, Cal Collins, Roy McCurdy, Terry Gibbs, Pete Christlieb, Edie Gorme, Bobby Militello, Kirk Whalum and Donna McElroy. A native of Anderson Indiana, Lori received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.

Lori's first CD, "Welcome to Brazil" was nominated for "Best Jazz Album of the Year" by the Nashville Music Awards in 1997. In 2003, Lori's second CD, "Shiny Stockings, rose to #26 on the jazz charts. In 2005 she released a Brazilian Christmas album on Village Square Music. Since then she has released three more CD's: "April in Paris" (a second Count Basie album), "The Dream of Life" (original meditation music), and "Return to Ipanema."

Lori and Roger founded and direct the Nashville Jazz Workshop. Lori is responsible for curriculum, student advisement, and special events, and teaches vocal, instrumental, and keyboard classes.

Featured Video from Lori Mechem

Chega de Saudade
Lori Mechem & Ritmos Picantes perform Jobim's Chega de Saudade at JAZZ ON THE MOVE at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Sunday, January 10, 2010

Fly to Forever
3rd Coast Vocals (Mark Stephens, Jeff Hall, Sandra Dudley, & Christina Watson) with Lori Mechem (pno), Roger Spencer (b), and Duffy Jackson (d) at the Nashville Jazz Workshop Fundraiser, September 13th at the Limelight