Jazz historian Ralph Hawley wrote: Vocalist/flutist/composer, Lynnéa Godfriaux “displays an ability to swing seemingly as easily as breathing, excellent intonation and her unique phrasing which epitomizes jazz singing.”
Lynnéa comes from a musical family, and is the daughter of the late jazz pianist and trombonist Jimmy Godfriaux. After graduating from college studying both art and music, Lynnéa toured throughout the U.S. and relocated to New Orleans, performing at the Jazz & Heritage Festival, Tipitina’s, the Municipal Auditorium, Storyville and on riverboats such as the Riverboat President.
Lynnéa has performed with John Gill of Woody Allen’s jazz band, “Zigaboo” Modeliste and George Porter of the Meters (New Orleans), Rafael Cruz of the Crusaders, and Dan Shapera of Chicago’s Ellington Dynasty; and shared the stage with Lionel Hampton, Stanley Clarke, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dr. John, The Neville Brothers, Taj Majal and many others.
Her current recordings include ‘Christmas Time in New Orleans’ with pianist Brad Pregeant; the award-winning ‘In Black and White’; ‘Here Comes The Man With The Jive’, also with Pregeant, bassist Dan Shapera, and trombonist Jerry Martin; ‘P.M. Jazz’ with Pregeant and reedman Dave MacGregor; and ‘Jazzscapes’ with trumpeter Doc DeHaven.
Music critic Jerry Minnich wrote pianist Brad Pregeant’s “range allows him to shift from jaunty blues to Bill Evansish standards to rippling New Orleans R& B . . .” Aaron Conklin of Isthmus newspaper wrote that Pregeant is “a stride and swing virtuoso, playing syncopations worthy of Fats Waller.”
Brad Pregeant was born in Louisiana and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southeastern Louisiana University with a degree in piano performance, Classical.Brad studied jazz piano privately with Ellis Marsalis in 1983 in New Orleans. He performed at the Famous Door and the World’s Fair in New Orleans in the ’80s, and travelled north playing clubs along the East Coast, including Atlantic City, played aboard a Miami-based cruise ship, and the Delta Queen Steamboat.
Brad has performed at numerous jazz festivals, including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival; Milwaukee’s Summerfest; Bunny Berigan Jazz Festival; LaCrosse, Wisconsin’s Great River Jazz Fest; and Madison’s Isthmus Jazz Festival. For more than twenty years, Brad has been a full-time performer, piano teacher and clinician. He performs frequently with several groups that he leads, and with jazz vocalist/composer Lynnea Godfriaux.