Lisa studied with jazz greats Joe Lovano, Marion Cowings, and Kim Kalesti at NYU where she earned her bachelors of music degree in Vocal jazz performance.  

She pioneered the jazz for kids movement with her cd series Jazz For Kids which has won a Parent’s guide to children’s media award and been heard all over the world. She is also the host of the jazz for kids show on WETF The jazz station out of south bend Indiana and online at wetfthejazzstation.org 

A prolific singer and songwriter, Lisa has released over 10 albums of original music in a variety of genres. Notably, Jazzy Little Soul, Rayne, Horrors Like These, Nineteenseventyfive, When Time Stood Still, and Jazz Rewind.  Her current singles include Rise Together written by Emma Murray and Ken Marcou and This Is The Part (the remix) written with R Keith Swanson, her longtime collaborator. Their original song “Without Love” was featured on the 2021 Sal Valentinetti (of AGT fame) album Little Valentine. Another original A Love To Last, has been heard on a variety of TV shows including Blue Bloods, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings on Netflix.  

Rayne, Lisa’s 2018 album written with her brother, Lenny Sukienik and produced by Crit Harmon was nominated for a Grammy award.  

Lisa’s new musical, Me Myself and Jill, written with Craig O’Connor, is gearing up for production in 2022. 

Also of note, Lisa performed with Harry Connick Jr., Was a finalist in the 2004 Boston PopSearch with Keith Lockhart and the Pops, and starred in the Canadian Reality show, Rocker Moms which profiled her all mom rock band and aired in Canada on the Slice Network. 

 

 

Here's a fun fact: Lisa attended NYU- Tisch School of the arts with Adam Sandler and even performed in a coffeehouse together at Brittany Hall in 1985.