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About 'Harlem Beats' - 2024

"There is by now a long, long history of reinterpretation of the standard repertoire, including grafting it onto other styles and rhythms, but it’s unlikely anyone has heard Ellington and Ellington-related charts treated quite as Berlin-based singer Lucia Fodde does on this striking album.

Certainly in this, her fourth album, the use of electric piano, synth and electric bass and the stripping away of chord changes suggests she’s aiming to give Ellingtonia a modern face.

The result is an atmospheric, dreamlike half-hour excursion through familiar but strangely transmuted material. Fodde’s powerful and expressive voice is bathed in electric piano and synth sounds and the changes of the Ellington, Mingus and Strayhorn tunes are craftily disguised or obscured."   - Jazz Journal


"Harlem Beats is a bold sonic exploration, reflecting the experimental vision of artist Lucia Fodde. Embracing the classic repertoire of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, Fodde injects a breath of fresh innovation into some of jazz's most celebrated classics...."   - Womeninjazzmedia

"The flexibility of Lucia's voice effortlessly adapts to any musical arrangement, traversing complex intervals and unexpected leaps with grace. The impeccable production ensures the distinct presence of each instrument. The album captivates with its original approach, showcasing Lucia's unique journey through jazz, a genre that, despite its century-old roots, continues to resonate with contemporary relevance..."   - System Failure

"After experiencing this outstanding EP, we sense that we've ventured into a realm of intimacy and personal expression. Here, it's not jazz guiding the inspiration, but rather the complete opposite: Lucia seems to have discovered a language through which she can naturally and authentically convey her artistry."    - Ondeindiependenti

About 'Traces of You' / 'Dentro Questo Vento'- 2022

"Fodde has become a skilled songwriter. In her third album, she blends fivecatchy originals with the classic 'No One Knows Me But You,' which stands out.


- She revitalizes 'That Old Feeling' more expressively than Chet Baker."  - Jazz Journal

"Her virtuosity is respectful of the talented collaborators around her, all capable of musically underlining even a well-written piece, madeup of languid moments of reflection mixed with others where Berlin'shumidity penetrates even the caliente soul. A great display of vocal technique and virtuosity in this album with compositions that blend beautiful jazz and traditional Brazilian, offering incredible emotions in music."

- Musicalnews

“Dentro questo vento” is an excellent fusion of singer-songwriter and jazz, which we expect to appreciate even more in the upcoming album. 'Traces of you' by Lucia Fodde: the story of jazz, made of pure poetry."

- Persemprenews

"Here we have a memorable voice worthy of the most acclaimed and captivating female singers. Lucia Fodde delivers high-quality music, refined Italian lyrics full of poetry, as seen in 'Dentro questo vento,' a very sophisticated jazz piece—exactly what Italian music needs today. A memorable voice worthy of the most acclaimed and captivating female singers. Lucia Fodde offers high-quality music with refined Italian lyrics full of poetry—a sophisticated jazz, precisely what Italian music needs today. Ten tracks that we listened to from start to finish, thanks to the masterful arrangement, impeccable execution by the musicians, and, above all, the divine voice of the singer that rivals the most famous icons of the past.” - Audiofollia

Lucia Fodde (Vocalist, Composer, Producer)


LuciaFodde was born in Sardinia, and from a young age, she had anunrestrained passion for music, taking piano lessons andparticipating in the church choir, showcasing her extraordinaryability to handle time and melody. She was significantly influencedbyher jazz-loving father's vinyl record collection.
After a stintas a vocalist in the pop scene, Lucia whole heartedly embraced jazz.As a leader, she embarked on projects in jazz trios and quartets,collaborating with various Italian and international artists. Luciapursued a Jazz course at the prestigious Conservatorio 'P. Luigi daPalestrina in Cagliari, earning a diploma in "VocalJazz."
Overthe years, Lucia has participated inmasterclasses with luminaries such as Sheila Jordan and Rachel Gould,to name a few.
After a careful exploration of her musicaljourney, Lucia Fodde decided to move to Berlin in 2013, driven by apersonal and artistic need fornew stimuli. This relocation aimed tooptimize her skills as asinger-songwriter and vocalist. In Berlin,she promptly became partof the local jazz scene, performing not onlyin the best jazz clubs in Berlin but also throughout Germany andinternationally.
So far, Lucia has graced numerous prominentvenues and festivals globally, including the SummerJazz Festival 2023in Pinneberg, where she emerged victorious with her ensemblecomprising Yuriy Seredin on piano, Giacomo Tagliavia on bass, andJesus Vega on drums.
In 2012, Lucia Fodde released her debutalbum, "Just One Of ThoseThings," paying tribute to ColePorter with the Lov'n Jazz Quartet of Cagliari (Paolo Carrus onpiano, Massimo Tore on bass, Roberto Migoni on drums). The albumdeveloped a style that brought traditional arrangements into a modernjazz context, curated by Maestro Carrus.


Afterher move to Berlin, in 2018, Lucia presented the album "Freedom"at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival. Recorded at Greve Studio in Berlin,the album featured Davide Incorvaia (piano/synth), GiuseppeBottiglieri (bass), Jesus Vega (drums), and Regis Molina (sax)."Freedom" is an exciting journey through Lucia's originalcompositions and some jazz standards, seamlessly weaving togetherswing, smooth jazz, ballads and electronic elements with thevirtuosity that characterizes Fodde's style.
In 2020, shereleased two new singles: "Colors," her first collaborationwith Loomis Connell Green (guitar, arrangements) and Carmelo Leotta(bass), and "Inútil Paisagem," featuring Davide Incorvaia(piano synth). The latter revisited Jobim's beautiful piece, payinghomage to Brazilian popular tradition in an electronicinterpretation.
In June 2022, Lucia released the single "DentroQuesto Vento," a preview of the album "Traces of You,"released in July 2022. The album was recorded at UFO Sound Studios inBerlin, featuring Davide Incorvaia (piano), Carmelo Leotta (bass) whoalso curated most of the arrangements, and Jesus Vega(drums).
Scheduled for release in 2024 is the new album "HarlemBeats," featuring an electric ensemble with Davide Incorvaia onpiano/synth, Francesco Beccaro on bass, and Australians Aidan Lowe ondrums and Greg Ambroisine on trumpet, completing the quintet.

'HarlemBeats' is proudly published by TimezoneRecords.



Lucia was honored by the international magazine "All About Jazz" with the following awards:
Song of the Day Sep. 2022 - Atras da Porta

(Album Traces of You)
Song of the Day Oct. 2022 - Dentro Questo Vento

(Album Traces of You)
Song of the Day Jan. 2024 - Mood Indigo

(Album Harlem Beats)


Top 10 Songs Oct. 2022 - Dentro Questo Vento (Album Traces of You)
Top 10 Songs 2022 - Atras da porta (Album Traces of You)
Top 10 Songs Jan. 2024 - Mood Indigo (Album Harlem Beats)


Press Office: Stefania Vaghi Comunicazione

Photo credits: Davide di Palo Photography and  David Beecroft Photography

Testimonials about Lucia Fodde


"Lucia is among Italian jazz artists blending contemporary and traditional rhythms with innovative melodies and harmonies. Known for her rhythmic sense, melodic sensitivity, and scat singing." - "Mixing traditional, contemporary, and Brazilian jazz forms with lyrics in Italian, English, and Portuguese, all performed with seemingly effortless virtuosity, Lucia Fodde delivers a unique and emotionally satisfying musical experience." - (James Reynolds)


"With a sensual and unforgettable voice, much like the island of her birth, Lucia possesses an incredible sense of musicality and precision. Her performances have a captivating quality that leaves you wanting more. Her intricate improvisations, however, feel as natural as breathing, and her execution is always warm and personal." - (Kenny Wesley)


"Then you taste the unique range offered by Sardinian singer-songwriter, producer, and jazz singer Lucia Fodde and her special musical intuition for the audience. Her deep and warm jazz voice dots the 'i' like an icon." - (bettina-ullmann.de)


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Lady Sings the Blues

'Lady sings the blues' - A tribute to Billie Holiday,

is one of Lucia Fodde's most cherished projects, which she has been bringing to the scene for more than 10 years, in Italy and abroad.


The hinge on which the musical project revolves, is the autobiography of the famous African American jazz singer and songwriter Billie Holiday, through which Lucia recounts in music her troubled life and musical journey.


Line up:

Lucia Fodde, voice

Reggie Moore, piano

Carmelo Leotta, bass

Michael Kersting, drums

E L I S

A tribute to one who is considered the greatest Brazilian singer of all time Elis Regina.



Line up:

Lucia Fodde, voice

Eren Solak, piano

Trigo Santana, bass

Jununho Ibituruna / Ney Victor, drums


Straight No Chaser

'Straight No Chaser' is a tribute to the genius of Thelonious Monk, project that Lucia brought to the stage years before the pandemic and is looking forward to reviving.


Lucia is inspired by the album by Afro-American vocalist Carmen McRae, who in 1990 recorded the album 'Carmen sings Monk,' with lyrics to some of the songs written by Jon Hendricks. A tribute to Monk's work and Carmen McRae's superb vocal expression and interpretation.


Line up:

Lucia Fodde, voice

Reggie Moore, piano

Carmelo Leotta, bass

MIchael Kersting, drums

Sounds of Brasil

Lucia invites you on an enchanting musical journey through Brazil, featuring the timeless melodies of the greatest exponents of MPB (Música Popular Brasileira). Experience the rich cultural tapestry and vibrant rhythms of Brazil through the works of iconic artists such as Sergio Mendes, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Chico Buarque, Vinicius de Moraes, and Gilberto Gil, among others.


This project was born in 2021 and has seen the collaboration of various artists, including Daniel Marques, Amoy Ribas, and Trigo Santana. Today, the lineup consists of Lucia Fodde on vocals, Janko Leuenberger on guitar, Alfred Mehnert on drums/percussion, and Carmelo Leotta on bass.


This project promises to captivate your senses and immerse you in the soul of Brazilian music, celebrating its profound influence and enduring legacy. Join us for an unforgettable exploration of Brazil's musical heritage.

Harlem Beats (2024) TIMEZONE RECORDS


Lucia Fodde (vocals)

Davide Incorvaia (piano/synth)

Francesco Beccaro (bass)

Aidan Lowe (drums)

Greg Ambroisine (trumpet)

Traces of you (2022)


Lucia Fodde (vocals/compositions)

Davide Incorvaia (piano)

Carmelo Leotta (bass)

Jesus Vega (drums)

Freedom (2018)


Lucia Fodde (vocals/compositions)

Davide Incorvaia (piano/synth)

Giuseppe Bottiglieri (bass)

Jesus Vega (drums)

Regis Molina (sax)

Just one of those things (2012)


Lucia Fodde (vocals)

Paolo Carrus (piano)

Massimo Tore (bass)

Roberto Migoni (drums)

Pic by Bernd Kumar

Lucia Fodde

Singing Lessons with Lucia Fodde

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