Shelli LaTorre is a romantic, storytelling singer. Her range and unique expressiveness is a home-grown recipe that comes from a lifetime of listening to, and absorbing, the sounds and styles of her favorite jazz singers, especially Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday. She has perfected a magnificent voice with warmth and radiance as a jazz vocal major at William Paterson University, which is nationally acclaimed for its jazz program, and through countless gigs. Shelli personalizes every song with her natural rhythmic sense, timeless intonation and subtle harmonic sensibility.
Versatile and inventive, Shelli evokes a passion and emotion with her ballads and generates playful, seductive interpretations of upbeat standards.
"Shelli has been an integral part of our live music line-up for years, including New Year's Eve. She keeps our patrons coming back for more!" - The Clinton House (NJ)
Shelli performs on the concert stage, in restaurants, and at private functions. In addition to her regular gigs at the Clinton House and Pavinci's, both in her home state of New Jersey, Shelli has performed at Shanghai Jazz, one of DownBeat's Top 100 Great Jazz Clubs, Trumpets, the Brownstone, Vanderbilt's, Westbury Manor, Bowman's Tavern, the Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys, and many other clubs in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.
"The charm, charisma and talent of this wonderful musician was the keynote to the success of my very memorable party."
Shelli’s first CD, “From the Hudson’s Jersey Side,” features several treasured classics from the Great American Songbook. Each selection is a live big band performance with the Silver Starlite Orchestra from various choice supper clubs.
Shelli's second CD, "Full Circle," tells the story of her musical journey through an eclectic mix of American and jazz standards, vocalese, blues and Brazilian repertoire. As usual, the recordings include some of the best jazz musicians in the area, including a then 12-year old prodigy on the Hammond B-3 organ.