Artist Summary  


Genres: Jazz / Vocal Jazz / Bebop, Swing, Blues
Label: Indie

The Atlanta-based “Sweet Lu Quintet” has developed a local base of music fans with ears hungry for the fresh, natural power of the “first-true instrument" - the human voice. The quintet is lead by Lutalo “Lu” Olutosin, who introduced himself musically to Atlanta's music scene by singing lead and background vocals for many of Atlanta’s busiest R&B groups.

Born in East Chicago, Indiana. Raised during early life in Gary, Indiana, Lutalo (Lu) moved to the Deep South (Madison, Mississippi) in the mid 1970′s. Influenced heavily by a family filled with Gospel singers and musicians, he followed suit until hearing an Al Jarreau song on the radio. Everything changed, especially his approach to listening, judging, and singing the music that inspired him.

During a career in the US Military that was sprinkled with performances in Jazz, R&B and musical stage productions, across the South Eastern US, he embarked on a solo career in 2002. Convinced by the respectful nods of major jazz critics and musicians attending his performances, Lu knew he had something special. As fate would reveal itself, a tremendously talented quartet of musicians agreed with Lu’s assessment and the “Sweet Lu Quintet” was formed in 2008.  

Convinced by the respectful nods of major jazz critics and musicians attending his performances, Lu knew he had something special, and his life changed forever. As fate would reveal itself, a tremendously talented Quartet of musicians agreed with Lu’s assessment and the “Sweet Lu Quintet” was formed in 2008.

The Sweet Lu Quintet is a versatile group whose extraordinary chemistry effortlessly blends Straight-ahead and Contemporary Jazz styles with Bossa nova and Soulful rhythms. Dynamic, explosive, cutting edge, and respected are the identifiable characteristics that best describe this quintet.

Winfield Gaylor – Alto & Soprano Saxophones
Louis Heriveaux– Piano & Keyboards
Kevin Smith – Acoustic Upright Bass
Henry Connerway III – Drums & Percussion
Lutalo 'Sweet Lu' Olutosin – Vocals