Critics, jazz hosts and jazz lovers all agree that she is one of the most SWINGING mainstream pianists today. Influenced by Oscar Peterson, Bud Powell and Bill Evans, she has taken these influences and created her own recognizable sound.
Lenore Raphael, is an internationally renowned jazz Pianist, Steinway artist, radio host and jazz teacher and has been critically acclaimed as one of the best pianists in the jazz mainstream today.
She has performed and in many cases, sold out major jazz clubs and festivals…Dizzy's at Jazz At Lincoln Center (3 times), The Blue Note (NYC), Birdland (NYC) The London Jazz Festival, The Tel Aviv Jazz festival, Ottawa International Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott's in London, The S.S. Oosterdam jazz cruise, and many more. She was one of three featured internationally renowned Steinway pianists including Ahmad Jamal and Abdullah Ibraham, at the Joy Of Jazz festival in Johannesburg, South Africa. Lenore also performed to sold out audiences in April 2014 at the Casa Da Musica in Porto Portugal and at The Broward Center for the Arts Amaturo theater in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She has toured in England and Europe and Israel. In 2016 she did a major tour in South Africa and is always invited to return to venues where she performs.
Lenore had the honor of performing at the tribute to Oscar Peterson in Toronto, Canada where she performed her well known composition. “Blues For O.P.”
She has won ASCAP awards for her original compositions, which appear on her own CDs and other artists’. They have been played on jazz stations worldwide, including their inclusion into the Jazz At Lincoln Center jazz stream.
Lenore has recorded 10 critically acclaimed CDS on the Swingin’ Fox Music label. Some of her recordings have reached Top 10 airplay and her 2006 recording “Invitation” and 2012 recording “Loverly” were up for Grammy nominations.
Lenore has her own radio show called “Lenore Raphael’s JazzSpot” on purejazzradio and other stations on the internet where she interviews and performs with famed jazz artists and up and coming ones as well. Along the way she has performed and recorded with such greats as Clark Terry, Warren Vache, Howard Alden, Harry Allen, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jack Wilkins and more.
In addition, she is a talented jazz teacher and has done highly acclaimed Jazz Master Classes and colleges and universities world-wide. She was also director at the summer jazz workshop at Montclair University in New Jersey and ran the summer jazz camp at East Tennessee State University.
Lenore is jazz director in North Carolina at the Halle Cultural Arts Center in Apex, NC.